Kyrgyzstan, Court Cases and Mystery Money

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/69946 A very interesting, concise read. Two weeks ago we had dinner at the house of E’s college classmate and longtime friend; his sister in law works for Centerra Gold international and we talked about her outside perspectives on the Kyrgyz government’s involvement on the company’s board for about half an hour. Though the government owns a stake in the country, and thus get a percentage of profits on all projects, they only seem to care about immediate profit from the Kumtor mine in Kyrgyzstan. Money and Kyrgyzstan – always a strange thing. A country where most infrastructure is built with money from abroad, half the population lives in poverty, there’s a great gap between reported salary and income, and Bishkek’s streets are clogged with brand new Lexus SUVs. To call the country a democracy is a little…hopeful.

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