Kyrgyz security officials announced the arrest of dozens of people suspected of preparing to seize power after the November 28 parliamentary elections. About it informs RIA Novosti with reference to the State Committee for National Security.
As the GKNB explained, the department received information about people planning to “destabilize the socio-political situation immediately after the elections, followed by a violent seizure of power.” The organizers of the coup, according to the GKNB, are some parliament members who do not expect to win the elections, and former high-ranking officials.
To seize power, they allegedly tried to involve about a thousand people in a conspiracy. Systematic meetings were held with them for “indoctrination directed against state structures.” Later, according to the security officials, the suspects planned “to organize mass protests on the territory of Bishkek with the subsequent aggravation of the situation, provocation of clashes with the forces of law and order.”
More than 15 suspects were detained. On November 26, officers of the State Committee for National Security and the Ministry of Internal Affairs searched their apartments, houses and offices, seized weapons, ammunition and drugs.
After the parliamentary elections in early October 2020, protesters clashed with security officials in Bishkek. The police used flash bangs and rubber bullets. According to the Ministry of Health, more than a thousand people were injured, one of them died.
President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned on October 15, 2020, explaining by his decision that “he does not want to remain in the history of Kyrgyzstan as a president who shed blood.” The new head of state is the former deputy Sadyr Japarov, who was released from prison by the protesters.
In October 2021, the President demanded from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Committee for National Security to strengthen control over the institutions of civil society, especially during elections. “With regard to those organizations that threaten our statehood, national security and interfere in our internal political processes,” punitive measures will be taken.
“We still have politicians who have made it a habit to involve citizens in politics on a national basis. Such situations intensify divisions and impede the unity of the people, ”Japarov added. He called for “not to allow dishonest elections and provocations”, which are fraught with “upheavals and revolutions.”