The past few days have seen the rule of Kurmanbek Bakiyev dissolve into riots, gunfire, and confusion. For those of you who are interested, the revolution is being tweeted. I have tried to collect relevant people on Twitter here:
Also, check my direct Twitter feed as I will be retweeting relevant posts as much as possible. Here are a couple to check out whether I retweet them or not:
- David Trilling of Eurasianet is on the ground in Bishkek, has up-to-the-minute tweets, and is a very strong reporter;
- The new interim president of Kyrgyzstan, former Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva, is also tweeting (on background I’ve heard from knowledgeable people that she is smart and a democrat, so fingers crossed);
- Mirsulzhan’s tweets have been really informative, which is unsurprising since he’s a Kyrgyz political scientist; and
- Check the #freekg hashtag on Twitter, which is aggregating all of the relevant links.
Some of these tweets are in Russian, but Google Translate — http://translate.google.com/#ru|en| — works a charm to get a rough and ready translation in seconds.
Trilling’s latest piece for Eurasianet, “Bishkek Hesitant as Otunbayeva Forms New Government,” gives a very good sense for how things are now in the Kyrgyz capital.