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EXPERTS ON CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF KYRGYZ REVOLUTION

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 25. (RIA Novosti)-The opposition took control of Kyrgyzstan on Thursday and was able to cancel the results of the recent parliamentary election, after seizing all government buildings, the airport, and the television center. President Askar Akayev fled the country's capital Bishkek. Russian politicians and analysts commented on the situation in Noviye Izvestia and Gazeta.

Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Federation Council international affairs committee:

"That Akayev turned out to be so easy to topple shows that he failed to create an effective system of government. Russia's losses are minimal. The opposition has not made any anti-Russian statements, and its leaders are open to agreement, notably, on the future of the Russian military base in Kant."

Ahmed Bilalov, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS affairs:

"Kyrgyzstan was the only republic where the Russian Federation was ready for revolutionary events: opposition leaders came to Moscow in January for talks with [Russian] officials. At last, Russia was able to anticipate the events.

"The events in Kyrgyzstan repeated the Georgia and Ukraine scenarios. One can even say the CIS has been a testing ground for a sort of revolutionary clich as a reliable toolkit for seizing power."

Alexei Malashenko, an expert with the Moscow Carnegie Center:

"The events in Kyrgyzstan have shown that harsh authoritarian regimes cannot last long - even in Central Asia. People have not poured to the streets to protect Akayev's power, have they? This is a warning message to presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan. Though Russia could have become a mediator in Kyrgyzstan, the Kremlin was paralyzed in the aftermath of its blunders in Ukraine and Abkhazia and afraid of doing something wrong."

Konstantin Zatulin, director of the Institute for CIS States and a State Duma deputy:

"Rotten communist regimes created by 'revamped' Soviet elites are falling one after another. Russia should not be interested whatsoever in sustaining these regimes. The only opportunity for the Russian Federation to save the CIS is to move closer to the EU to create a better image of itself in the eyes of its neighbors."



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