Tuesday, June 23, 2009


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Stays open, according to a report on the BBC.

The government of the Kyrgyz Republic is arguably the most corrupt in Central Asia - although the Tajiks give them a run for the money. The details of the new deal for using Manas airbase have not been released; but, I would bet the ranch that the lease payments will be considerably increased. That would make up for President Bakiyev's losses during the current world-wide recession. His son would, of course, get half the rent with which to play. The government will be happy. Moscow will have a different reaction.

UPDATE: The new rent is $60 million. Three times the original amount. Your welcome, Mr Bakiyev - don't forget your Swiss banker.

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