Kyrgyzstan: Social Democratic Party members charged with attempt to seize power

Kyrgyzstan's former President Almazbek Atambayev (file photo)

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan’s Interior Ministry on December 27 formally informed Deputy Chairperson of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) Kunduz Joldubayeva, Parliament members Asel Koduranova and Irina Karamushkina, and SDPK member Meerbek Miskenbayev that they are suspected of attempt of forceful seizure of power, news agency reported.

The four are supporters of Kyrgyzstan’s jailed former President Almazbek Atambayev.

Karamushkina and Koduranova were earlier suspected of participation in taking security officers hostage in Atambayev’s compound on August 7.

Late on December 27, the Pervomai District Court of Bishkek placed Karamushkina, Koduranova, and Joldubayeva under house arrest.

Miskenbayev has been arrested and put in the pretrial detention center until 9 February 2020.

Prosecutors asked arrest for all the four Atambayev supporters.

On December 13, Almazbek Atambayev was charged with killing a security officer during a two-day standoff between security forces and supporters of the former head of state in August.

Atambayev was formally informed that he is suspected of lethally shooting Colonel Usenbek Niyazbekov, a father of six, during the raid on Atambayev’s compound in the village of Koi-Tash near Bishkek on August 7.

According to investigators, ballistic tests revealed that Niyazbekov was shot in the chest by a sniper rifle registered to Atambayev.

Atambayev himself told journalists on August 8 that he was the only one in the compound who had guns and that he was the only one who shot firearms during clashes between riot police and Atambayev’s supporters.

Security officials were sent to Atambayev’s compound after he refused to obey three subpoenas calling him to the Interior Ministry for questioning in an investigation over his alleged involvement in the illegal release of a jailed organized-crime boss in 2013.

Atambayev was arrested on August 8 after he surrendered to police following a violent two-day resistance.

He was charged with using violence against representatives of the state, organizing mass unrest, masterminding a murder attempt, hostage taking, and corruption.

On December 12, ex-deputy of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan Ravshan Jeenbekov was detained in Bishkek on suspicion of taking hostages as well as organizing mass riots in Koi-Tash village during Atambayev’s detention in August.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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