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Kyrgyz Defense Ministry Rejects Captain's E-Mail Resignation

Ismail Isakov
BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz Defense Ministry's press service says it cannot accept the resignation letter of the son of former Defense Minister Ismail Isakov because it was sent as an e-mail.

Spokesman Murat Ashirbekov told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that Captain Ruslan Isakov's resignation can only be accepted as a formal letter.

Ruslan Isakov, who is currently undergoing military training in the United States, officially resigned from the Kyrgyz Army on January 21 to protest the "political persecution" of his father.

Ismail Isakov has been charged with abuse of power and financial mismanagement while he was defense minister. He resigned as defense minister in May to become secretary of the National Security Council, from which he resigned in October.

Ismail Isakov is currently an opposition politician and claims the charges against him are politically motivated.