Kyrgyzstan outlaws political police
Acting Kyrgyz Interior Minister Bolot Sher has signed a decree abolishing political police, the ministry press service said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.
"From now on, the interior ministry will not monitor oppositional sentiment in connection with the analysis of the social-political situation," the statement said.
The ninth office of the Kyrgyz interior ministry was formally established to combat religious extremism, information and ideological terrorism, and illegal immigration.
In reality, however, its activities consisted of compiling lists of 'untrustworthy' politicians and opposition leaders, spying on them and bugging their telephone conversations.
The move is part of the interim government's policy of creating greater transparency in the Central Asian republic, which has been ruled by a series of corrupt leaders and suffered a number of political uprisings since the fall of the Soviet Union.
A series of uprisings broke out across Kyrgyzstan in early April between opposition protesters and security forces, causing the deaths of more than 80 people and injuring around 1,500. An interim government was formed and deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was forced to flee the country and take a refuge in Belarus.