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Looks like former Senators Bob Dole and Bennett Johnston are on the board of a Kyrgyz bank called AsiaUniversalBank (AUB).
During its final weeks in power, the Kurmanbek Bakiyev regime blocked websites that reported on an Italian arrest warrant for Eugene Gourevitch, a board member of AUB until last year and a close associate of President Bakiyev’s controversial son, Maksim Bakiyev. The latter’s home was reportedly torched by demonstrators during the revolution.
A correspondent familiar with Kyrgyzstan tells me that inside the country “it was well known that the chairman and supposed main owner of AUB (Mikhail Nadel), Maksim Bakiyev, and Gourevitch were all thick as thieves.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Chances that a deep breath inhaled today will contain a molecule from Julius Caesar’s dying breath:
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos, Hill and Wang (N.Y.C.)
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”