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Former Kyrgyz Defense Minister's Son Quits Army In Protest

Ismail Isakov
Ismail Isakov
BISHKEK -- Former Kyrgyz Defense Minister Ismail Isakov says his son has resigned from the army and may ask for political asylum in the United States.

Isakov, a major general in the army, told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that his son Ruslan, who is currently undergoing military training in the United States, officially resigned from the Kyrgyz Army to protest actions by the authorities against his father.

Kyrgyz officials have filed a lawsuit against Isakov for alleged abuse of power and financial mismanagement while he was defense minister. Isakov says the charges are politically motivated.

Isakov was defense minister from March 2005 until early 2008 and then served as secretary of the National Security Council until October 10.