On the contrary, beginning from 1 January 2010, urban population will be forced to pay 1050 kgs (about $ 25) per 1 giga-calorie (central heating and hot water), and beginning from 1 July 2010 - 2500 kgs (about $ 55) per 1 giga-calorie. One giga-calorie is normally warms one small modest household during one or two weeks - depending on the metric area. Electricity tariffs will be two times higher as well. This is done as a result of the direct ruthless pressure from the World Bank. The news, released on 11 November 2009, caused huge waves of indignation among Kyrgyz people. Despite this, already all documents have been signed - the Kyrgyz government yielded to this rude pressure - without any hesitation, having omitted consultations with parliament or any public bodies.

Imported capitalism has left many Kyrgyz people behind - according to the former Minister of Labor and Social Development Uktomhan Abdullayeva, 35 percent of the population now lives below the poverty line. All successive Kyrgyz governments were presiding over continuous dismantling of all social benefits - healthcare, education, pension system, etc. Now time has come to eradicate central heating and electricity. Energy industry, non-transparent and dependent on government support, had eaten up lots of energy loans, much of funds having been mismanaged or stolen in the process - with the World Bank and other IFIs watching happily in anticipation while deliberately neglecting its oversight policy. Now is the right moment - amid fewer financial resources flowing into national economy due to the world economic crisis, IFIs can leap forward and ruin the last achievement of a social welfare state. Evidently, this solution is not going to satisfy Kyrgyz people. Like in all similar situations (of combined pressure from the part of irresponsible government and IFIs), social mobilization of different protest groups will be fast and fierce. Confronted with equally bad choices (to pay for the governmental debts or die from winter cold in their dark houses) people will find other alternatives. And this will surprise all those false "partners in development", who were contributing to our hardships since early nineties. We demand broadening of EITI and include transparency of energy loans.

Natalia Ablova, Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law

Zulfia Marat, Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law

Kalia Moldogazieva , Human Development Center "Tree of Life"

Anara Dautalieva, NGO "Taza Tabigat"


14 November, 2009


This short media and policy analysis was prepared by the Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law We request Kalia Moldogazieva to use this text and make an additional statement in Montreal in order to suggest urgent broadening of EITI (to include transparency of energy loans).