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Sapar Isakov – a foreign agent, presiding over the Office of the Kyrgyz President
by Peter Johnson
Thursday Jun 15th, 2017 1:33 AM
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As a person involved in the last year's scandal concerning real property, which was purchased using undocumented revenue, Sapar Isakov made a great leap in his career in the past six months. He rose from the rank of the Deputy Head of the Kyrgyz President's Office to the position of the Chief of the President's Administration.

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As a person involved in the last year's scandal concerning real property, which was purchased using undocumented revenue, Sapar Isakov made a great leap in his career in the past six months. He rose from the rank of the Deputy Head of the Kyrgyz President's Office to the position of the Chief of the President's Administration. Thus, at his age of 39, Isakov is the fourth man in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan after the country's President, Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament. Some journalists even call him the future successor of Almazbek Atambayev. But it is more significant that Isakov's successive career advancement has always been accompanied by his hard work as an informer of the US Embassy and CIA. It seems Americans do not want to lose this valuable insider. Moreover, they actively help him to be as close as possible to the political decision-making center of Kyrgyzstan.

At the age of 31, Sapar Isakov started tightly cooperating with the US representatives, especially when he headed the international relations department of Kyrgyzstan's Government Office. By his own admission, at that time he held a lot of meetings with US Deputy Ambassador, who regularly went to the Government Office for talks. In 2009, Sapar Jumakadyrovich was against the closing of the US base in Manas, considering that it would dramatically reduce the country's opportunities. He was explaining the Kyrgyz authorities' position of categorically rejecting this base existence to US Embassy's representatives as a result of mercantile interests. At the same time, Isakov was also complaining to Americans about Russia that, as explained by Isakov, did not fully fulfill its financial obligations after the closing of the Manas airbase. Such public pro-American statements and providing important information on the subject of the country's policies to the US Embassy have not been lost on Isakov. In the dispatch of US Ambassador T. C. Gfoeller that was recently published by Wikileaks, a mention "strictly protect" has been written down next to the surname of Sapar Jumakadyrovich. Igor Chudinov's memories (I mean former premier of Kyrgyzstan at whose Cabinet current Chief of the President's Administration has worked) are also evidence of Isakov's special importance for the USA. According to Chudinov, in 2007-2009, the US Embassy found out the Kyrgyz government's plans and initiatives before the very premier learned about them. For instance, the US Ambassador was informed in advance of the Kyrgyz government's plan to denounce the 1993 agreement with the USA in which personnel of American NGOs received immunities. In addition to regular meetings with US diplomats, Isakov was also cooperating with CIA station chief in Kyrgyzstan Mr. Litzenberg.

Now Sapar Jumakadyrovich refutes any allegations of doing information work in that direction, justifying his statements towards the Manas airbase by claiming that he "didn't know where his mind went at that time" and that he was mad at Bakiyev's clan. But the time has left Isakov unchanged. When he entered into entourage of President Atambayev and, in 2012, became chief of foreign policy department of the President's Administration, Isakov continued to play up to Americans in every possible way. For instance, for several years, Sapar Isakov has been lobbying a new agreement with the USA on the stay of US military in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic. Perhaps, major Isakov's expenditures are linked just to his work on behalf of the US Embassy. In 2015, he spent almost twice as much as he earned. In addition to the charge of unlawful enrichment and links with two mobile communications dealer companies, Sapar Jumakadyrovich was seen involving in activity that is directly threatening to national interests and security of the Kyrgyz Republic. For instance, in 2016, Isakov prepared documentation on renting helicopters MI-8 by Uganda. The latter were received by Kyrgyzstan in the form of military and technical assistance of Moscow. Isakov also turned out to be involved in the establishment of illegal migration's channel for Afghani citizens, whom he was visaing Kyrgyz citizenship papers. Turkish vocational schools, being the inspiration of Fethullah Gülen, have gone into Sapar Isakov's protection, too. Isakov personally contributed to throwing off any 'terrorist activities' suspicions' towards Gülen's schools. To that end, the vocational schools were renamed, and Kyrgyz Ministry of Education became one of their founders.

Sapar Isakov presiding over the Office of the Kyrgyz President can be fully involved in the process of making foreign-policy decisions and get a chance to provide more information for his American sponsors about President Atambayev's intentions, as well as, initiatives of Kyrgyz ministries and departments. In fact, from average informer and lobbyist of Washington's interests, Isakov became a high-ranking resident agent with broad powers, which opens up a lot of opportunities for the USA in this region. It means that at any moment Kyrgyzstan's foreign policy may change its direction to opposite; cooperation within the framework of the Eurasian Customs Union (EACU) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) risks being slowed down, and before the election, to be held on October 15, the political situation in the republic threatens to become extremely unpredictable and stressful.