Confirmed: Kyrgyzstan prime minister suffered poisoning

Almazbek Atambayev said he received death threats connected with gov't decision to nationalize a giant semiconductors plant in the central Jalalabad region

May 30, 2007 11:35


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The prime minister of the turbulent ex-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan was poisoned with an unknown toxin, the presidential medical department said, confirming his earlier claim that he nearly died of poisoning amid an economic dispute. Almazbek Atambayev was diagnosed with an "acute toxic hepatitis of unknown origin," a statement said Tuesday. Last week, Atambayev said he fell unconscious for two days after drinking a cup of water which he alleged was poisoned by "some government official" at his office on May 11 and had to undergo an extensive detoxification procedure. Atambayev said earlier he received death threats connected with the government's recent decision to nationalize a giant semiconductors plant in the central Jalalabad region. The Soviet-built Krystall plant that produces silicon for computer hardware was turned into a government-controlled joint-stock company in the mid-1990s and was seized by the government in April after a failed attempt to auction it. Atambayev supported the plant's nationalization, promising to turn it into the "Kyrgyz Silicon Valley." The impoverished Central Asian state has been roiled by political instability, economic problems and deteriorating public security after the March 2005 ouster of longtime President Askar Akayev.

Related Content

July 18, 2018
Zuckerberg: Facebook won’t delete Holocaust denial posts