In the view of the pit-election situation and effort to provide fair and democratic elections in the KR and retain our positions in mass media and contacts with the opposition leaders, I advise focusing on discrediting the present political regime, thus making Akaev and his followers responsible for the economic crisis. We should also take steps to spread information on probable restriction of political freedoms during the election campaign.

It is worthwhile compromising Akaev personally by disseminating data in the opposition mass media on his wife’s involvement in financial frauds and bribery at designation of officials. We also recommend spreading rumors about her probable plans to run for the presidency, etc. All these measures will help us form an image of an absolutely incapacitated president.

It is essential to increase the amount of financial support up to $30 mm to promising opposition parties at the preliminary stage of the parliamentary and presidential elections and allocate additional funds to NGOs including the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, Freedom house, Internews Network and Eurasia Foundation, since they have reached significant results within the framework of informing the population on preparation for the election and on the process of political forces consolidation.

To minimize Russian influence on the course of elections we ought to urge opposition parties to make appeals to the Russian government concerning non-interference in internal affairs of the KR.

Taking into account arrangements of the Department of. State Plan for the period of 2005-2006 to intensify our influence in Central Asia, particularly in Kyrgyzstan, we view the country as the base to advance with the process of democratization in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and limit Chinese and Russian capabilities in the area Setting up democratic legitimate opposition in the parliament of Kyrgyzstan is extremely important. To reach the target we should attract groups of independent observers from western humanitarian: organizations, OSCE, and people from Kyrgyz offices of the UN Program of Development. That is necessary: to get control of the election process and eliminate any possible financing of the pro - presidential majority in the parliament.

Stephen M.Young
The U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyz Republic ~Kyrgyz National News Agency

Of course, we should consider the source and timing of this news report, but the language and preoccupations of this document fit so well with those used by this administration that it it is difficult to regard it as anything but authentic. Such a thing could be forged, but it would have to be a brilliant forgery of the sort of duplicitous language of the interventionists–the bit about having the opposition request non-interference from Russia matches perfectly the U.S. double standards of interfering in foreign countries. The idea of demanding non-interference in the midst of considerable U.S. involvement might have come straight from the statements of the Secretary of State during the Ukraine debacle.

There is nothing terribly surprising that a U.S. ambassador is egregiously meddling in the internal politics of his host country–he would hardly be the first ambassador of ours or of any country to do so–and there might even be an imaginable scenario where such meddling advanced concrete U.S. interests. However, it seems clear enough that there are no concrete U.S. interests in Kyrgyzstan to advance and meddling in its politics unnecessarily aggravates major powers and alienates potential allies, such as Russia. What should be clear above all is that what has happened in Kyrgyzstan is not a popular revolution of any kind. It is about as spontaneous and native as the deposition of Mossadeq in 1953. Let’s hope that it will not have such a bitter legacy for American interests elsewhere in the region. Our reliance on a system of lackeys has rarely worked well before, and it is not likely to improve our national reputation or security now.