The security department said that the detainees planned to have hundreds of young people protest the results of the vote.
Kyrgyzstan’s security services stated that before the weekend’s parliamentary vote, they had detained 15 “active members” who participated in the coup conspiracy involving members of parliament and former officials.
The National Security Council said in a statement on Friday that the detainees were part of a plan to get “1,000 radical young people” to protest the voting results.
“After the results of the upcoming parliamentary elections are announced… the group plans to [the capital] Bishkek subsequently aggravated the situation, provoked conflicts with the forces of law and order, and further violently seized power,” the statement said.
The security department “obtained irrefutable evidence that a group of people had committed criminal activities under the leadership of certain destructive political forces, including [parliament] And former senior officials”.
The committee has not disclosed the names of the detainees, but stated that “guns, ammunition and drugs were discovered and seized” during the raid on the organization’s offices.
Kyrgyzstan is a poor, mountainous Central Asian country. Since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has experienced the overthrow of three presidents. It hopes to avoid the turmoil last year that caused the current leader Sadyr Japarov (Sadyr Japarov’s first parliamentary vote since he took office caused further instability.
Independent candidates are excluded
After being promoted from prison cell to president during the last post-voting crisis, Japarov promised to hold free and fair elections.
But the electoral authorities have excluded one candidate and imposed a fine on another candidate, who are regarded as independent voices in the outgoing parliament.
In the protests triggered by the pro-government party’s alleged purchase of votes last year, the president served a prison sentence for taking hostages before his release.
He has always insisted that these allegations are punishment for his campaign to nationalize a major gold mine, which is largely dependent on a resource-poor economy.
The new government took action in May to seize the Kumtor mine from Centerra Gold, a Canadian company that controls it, on grounds of violating the environment.
Centerra’s Kumtor business accounted for 12.5% of Kyrgyzstan’s 2020 GDP. The company denied this claim and defended the seizure in an international court.
Critics of Japarov say that the head of state is repeating the mistakes of his predecessor, arresting potential competitors after overseeing the constitutional reforms that strengthened his position.
Kyrgyzstan has a Russian military base and hopes to seek loans and investment from China next door.
Experts said that it is not yet clear how much the new government trusts in Russia. Russian leader Vladimir Putin expressed disgust at the street protests and the sudden overthrow of then-President Reenbekov.