‘Extradite Bakiyev!’ Lukashenka effigy burnt near Kyrgyzstan’s parliament

The effigy of Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka was burned in the centre of the Kyrgyz capital by local activist Ondurusz Toktonasyrov.

It is another action the activist has organised protesting against the policy of Minsk that refuses to deliver ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev to Kyrgyzstan.

In July, 2014 a court in Kyrgyzstan handed down a guilty verdict in absentia to Kurmanbek Bakiyev and sentenced him to life imprisonment for helping mastermind the murder of protesters in 2010. The demonstration, in which 77 people were killed and over 300 injured, led to the deposition of Bakiyev.

The issue of his extradition is regularly raised both by Belarusian and Kyrgyz authorities. Kurmanbek Bakiyev, his life partner and two children arrived in Belarus on personal invitation of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The former Kyrgyz president was granted Belarusian citizenship in 2010. He reportedly bought a house on the outskirts of Minsk for $2 million.

“The problem of Bakiyev is now no more a problem in our relations,” Lukashenka said at his press conference on December 11, 2012. “Why do you need Bakiyev? The man lives his life. He left. Everything can happen. He raises his children.”

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