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London Connections to Kyrgyz Riots
June 20 (EIRNS)According to available reports, Maxim Bakiyev, son of Kyrgyzstan's deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was responsible for initiating recent ethnic riots in southern Kyrgyzstan that reportedly took 2,000 lives.
Over the years, under the tutelage of his father, Maxim Bakiyev became the most important controller of opium/heroin produced on the Kyrgyzstan side of the fertile Ferghana Valley, as well as Afghan drugs run through Kyrgyzstan into Russia. The drug-generated money power had allowed Maxim Bakiyev to link up with bankers and investors in the netherworld.
One such beneficiary of Maxim Bakiyev's drug money is a Latvian banker, Valeri Belokon, who is allegedly using Bakiyev's drug money to buy a British soccer club, Blackpool. Most of the British soccer clubs depend on drug money to pay the high-priced players.
Sources point out that Maxim Bakiyev, who came over to Britain seeking asylum and has since been "arrested" by the British Border Forces, may have played into a British plan to separate the southern part, which will then be under control of London. Since the Ferghana Valley, and the southern part of Kyrgyzstan, in particular, produce a lot of drugs, Great Britain and its agent George Soros had been looking longingly to gain control of this area. However, the violence unleashed in Osh, Jalal-Abad, and elsewhere in southern Kyrgyzstan, could bring the well-entrenched Islamic terrorists, led by the British-controlled Hizb ut-Tahrir, to power in Bishkek in the forseeable future.
Medvedev Demands 'Thorough Investigation' of Korean Ship Sinking
June 18 (EIRNS)China's Xinhua news agency reported today on Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's statement, quoted in Russia's Ria Novosti, essentially challenging the conclusion of the "international investigation" into the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan in March. Medvedev stated that "Since only one version has been broadly circulated, we should not take it immediately for granted. A thorough investigation is needed."
The international investigation was conducted by the former Western allies in the Cold Warthe U.S., Britain, Australia, Sweden, and South Koreaproducing only circumstantial evidence, and concluding that North Korea did it, largely on the argument that they had ruled out any other possibilities. The issue has been brought to the UN Security Council, but China and Russia are unlikely to allow any condemnation of North Korea on the current scanty evidence. North Korea rejects the charges.
Russia dispatched a team of experts to South Korea to conduct its own investigation, and has announced that it will release the results in about three weeks. Medvedev said: "As soon as the results are obvious and become public knowledge, we can talk about punishing the guilty ... I mean a certain state or some other forces."