BISHKEK A Kyrgyz court jailed a outstanding opposition politician on corruption rates on Monday, a go his supporters explained was component of a politically enthusiastic crackdown by President Almazbek Atambayev.
The court purchased Omurbek Tekebayev to be detained for two months pending demo, a working day before Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Central Asian former Soviet republic, which hosts a Russian airbase.
Kyrgyzstan holds presidential elections on Nov. 19 in which Atambayev is barred from running. Tekebayev, whose supporters plan to nominate him as a applicant, is just one of the president’s most outspoken critics.
The state security assistance detained fifty eight-12 months-previous Tekebayev, who leads the Ata Meken (Fatherland) party’s parliamentary faction, on Sunday soon after the prosecutor general’s place of work alleged he took a $one million bribe from a Russian businessman in 2010.
Then a senior member of an interim federal government, Tekebayev promised the person he would be able to choose about a area telecommunications organization, prosecutors explained, citing the Russian businessman’s testimony.
Tekebayev’s allies explained he denied any wrongdoing.
A handful of hundred Tekebayev supporters have rallied in the cash Bishkek considering the fact that Sunday, protests that a second Ata Meken lawmaker, Kanybek Imanaliyev, explained would go on.
Although Atambayev simply cannot serve yet another phrase as president, constitutional amendments handed in a referendum that was orchestrated by his backers in parliament have drastically enhanced the powers of the primary minister.
That position would be open to Atambayev, nevertheless he has denied arranging to search for it.
Atambayev, who took place of work in 2011, has drawn Kyrgyzstan closer into Russia’s orbit, shutting down a U.S. airbase and becoming a member of the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union, a submit-Soviet trade bloc.
Putin is because of to pay a visit to Bishkek on Tuesday as component of a regional tour.
Both equally Atambayev’s predecessors have been toppled by violent riots.
(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko Composing by Olzhas Auyezov editing by John Stonestreet)