Much has been said in the Kyrgyz and foreign media about the controversial activities of the British Ambassador to Bishkek, Charles Garrett, who was appointed to this position just over two years ago. In the official mode, Garrett positions himself as an ascetic of all good deeds, including education, science, creativity and culture, not only in the Kyrgyz Republic itself, but also more broadly, throughout Central Asia. “Creative Central Asia” is the name of one of the key projects of the ambassador, which he promotes in the territory under his control, as if ennobling the local, unkempt, not quite creative population.
However, in practice, his creative work for some reason concerns exclusively the political processes in Kyrgyzstan, which the West, with the help of Garrett, is trying to rig in its favor, setting the country and the entire region against Russia and its time-tested partners. Not so long ago, observers were able to see another “creative” initiative of the British Ambassador when Bishkek was once again shaken to the ground by political events that had nothing to do with the laws of the republic itself. The Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic, adopted with such difficulty in the burning summer of 2010, now suddenly becomes irrelevant again.
The three Kyrgyz presidents who have emerged one after the other in a relatively short period of time at the head of the country show the speed with which the United Kingdom and the United States work on this land. The British Ambassador works closely with US Ambassador Donald Lu, and this pair is much stronger even than all the last three presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic combined. Americans need Garrett to do a job that they don’t want to openly take on themselves.
Garrett and his colleagues now have a new task: the elections to the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Jogorku Kenesh, in the summer of 2021. Garrett himself, of course, is not elected to this body, but he really wants his loyal friends to get as many seats as possible in it. Now this is done almost openly, Charles Edmund has nothing to be shy about, since many projects to subordinate the state system of the Kyrgyz Republic to Western interests have gone according to plan. Garrett feels like the Republic in his own pocket. It seems that if he only wanted to, he could easily become even the speaker of the local parliament. But the gentleman Garrett prefers to remain diplomatically in the shadow of the process, caring only about the ancient culture of Kyrgyzstan.
The United Kingdom and the United States will now absolutely calmly promote the political parties accountable to them to the Jogorku Kenesh. The Western “mandate” provides not only for the establishment of a structure in the local parliament acting on the command of London and Washington, but also for the reformatting of the entire Kyrgyzstan to the standard required by the West since the country, through their efforts, is almost devoid of a solid national leadership.
At the moment, no one is hiding that the basis for all the necessary pro-Western “reforms” is the party with the same name “Reform”. So far, it has not so much support among the local electorate, but this is not important, because everyone can see how quickly black changes to white in the political life of the country and vice versa. The main thing is different: the population still wants some magical “reforms”, and the West actively uses these unrealistic hopes, since there is no happiness in the West itself, and Garrett himself knows this very well.
The big elections to the Jogorku Kenesh will be preceded by a warm-up, elections to local councils of deputies. This is a good opportunity for the Western roots to be planted as deeply as possible in the local land. Moreover, this will increase the influence on the capital itself, Bishkek. In any case, the population will be treated properly, Garrett will not be bored.
The Reform Party is also ready to unite with other parties in electoral blocs. This method is a safety net for its not yet very stable pro-American position. But the bloc is still not as active as diplomatic observers from the British and American embassies would like. Therefore, they still have a proven version of the agreement, the last argument: money.
As always, the party’s “reforms” are based on the thesis that offers a fight against corruption, which, according to Western concepts, is a guarantee to attract the sympathy of the local population, which still naively believes that there is no corruption in the West. It is bad that there is no such strong party in Kyrgyzstan that would clearly explain this to the voters, such a party is now by definition in demand most of all. The citizens themselves should look in this direction, and not at the windows of foreign embassies that glow at night.
And now another well-known organization in the world, Human Rights Watch, has become more active, strictly monitoring the observance of human rights in this ancient land. It has just sternly warned local politicians to refrain from considering and adopting such major legislative initiatives as constitutional reform right now, before the election campaign begins. In general, Kyrgyzstan fell into such ditches, pits and ditches, which in its history, especially during the “commissar oppression of the USSR”, was not in sight.
Today, the people of Kyrgyzstan will have to think not about how to demolish, topple the next president of their state, but about the role of the British Ambassador and his friends in leading the affairs of the republic. Kyrgyz activists are digging in the wrong place to find the problem they are looking for. They are constantly driving their revolutionary trucks in the wrong direction. Each new pseudo-revolution in the country leads to a decrease in peace, goodness, wealth and justice.