News from Kyrgyzstan in “A New Wave of Migration?” from TOL, with thanks to Effractor:
OSH, Kyrgyzstan – As Kyrgyzstan’s new leaders try to maintain stability ahead of presidential elections, concern is growing over rising numbers of non-Kyrgyz seeking to leave the country.
Russia’s ambassador in Bishkek, Evgeny Shmagin, said that the number of Russian-speakers who want to leave their birthplace has jumped fivefold since the unrest of late March that led to the ouster of former president Askar Akaev and his regime.
Shmagin pinned some of the blame on nationalistic, anti-Russian flyers that have begun appearing on the streets of the capital, Bishkek….
The leaflets call for a jihad – or holy war – against Russians living in Kyrgyzstan. “Muslim brothers, do not buy apartments and houses from Russians and Koreans because in any case they will give them away,” the flyers said, implying that they will soon leave the country in any case….