A pioneering study on the expansion of drug trade in Kyrgyzstan at the turn of the twenty-first century, this article shortly examines the societal and political trades that it entails. The author notably sheds light on the merging of Kyrgyz criminal groups with their transnational counterparts, and their systematic quest for political instability. Underlying the involvement of high-ranking state officials in the drug trafficking, and its effect on the failure of national and international initiatives, M. Madi also insists on the impact of regional rivalries at the scale of Central Asia on the breakdown of regional initiatives. The utilisation of drug related charges against opposition leaders and human right activists is also evoked at length.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.4.D-657