Political Violence on the Rise in Kyrgyzstan
In the post-Soviet setting, the rise of criminal groups constitutes a serious security threat to the government, especially in small states like Kyrgyzstan where security forces were practically unable to stop the growth of organized crime in the last fifteen years. Criminal groups have recruited many unemployed sportsmen in their patronage networks since the sports industry inherited from Soviet times declined rapidly. Not surprisingly, criminals penetrated into sport associations as their sponsors and supporters.
Anara Tabyshalieva. “Political Violence on the Rise in Kyrgyzstan.” CACI Analyst. January 25, 2006.