Getting the Story Wrong: Akayev Wasn’t Liberal and the Kyrgyz aren’t Anti-Russian

The developments in Kyrgyzstan in March unleashed the usual torrent of “expert” commentary. Armchair academics and parachute journalists saw the protests against the results of the Kyrgyz parliamentary elections, the flight of President Askar Akayev and the ensuing looting as the third democratic, American-inspired and anti-Russian “revolution” in the CIS,…

Read More