KyrgyzstanSeptember 2012 | Risk Summary
The Belarusian embassy in Kyrgyzstan was attacked by relatives of victims of the 2010 uprising in Kyrgyzstan on August 28. Dozens of people attacked the building with stones and called for the expulsion of former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his brother Zhanybek, the then head of the National Guard Service from Belarus. There were no reported injuries in the attack. Bakiyev and Zhanybek are accused of ordering gun fire on protesters that killed nearly 90 people and injured 1,000 others. We expect relations between the two nations to remain tense over this issue as both sides stand firm. This could also weaken Kyrgyzstan’s aim to join the Customs Union to which Belarus is currently a party.
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