The prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, Zhumabek Ibraimov, is reported to have been rushed yesterday from Bishkek to Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital. He is said to be in the intensive care ward for an as yet undisclosed ailment. Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Bordyuzha are currently undergoing treatment in the same hospital (AP, March 15).
Ibraimov was appointed head of the government last December after President Askar Akaev had dismissed the predecessor government, accusing its members of incompetence and involvement in corruption. Ibraimov has tried to crack down on a network of corrupt officials associated with Shalkhar Jaisanbaev, who was dismissed in January 1999 from his post as head of the state oil and gas company, Kyrgyzgazmunaizat. Accused of large-scale embezzlement, Jaisanbaev has fled to Moscow.
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