Kurmanbek Saliyevich Bakiyev is a Kyrgyz politician who served as the second president of Kyrgyzstan, from 2005 to 2010.
21 Facts About Kurmanbek Bakiyev
Large opposition protests in April 2010 led to the takeover of government offices, forcing Bakiyev to flee the country.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev was the leader of the People's Movement of Kyrgyzstan before his ascendance to the presidency.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev received most of his popular support from the south of the country.
In October 2007, Kurmanbek Bakiyev initiated the creation of Ak Jol party, but could not lead it due to his presidency.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev was born on 1 August 1949 in the village of Masadan in the Jalal-Abad Region of the Kirghiz SSR.
In 1974, Kurmanbek Bakiyev served in the ranks of the Soviet Army.
In December 2000, Kurmanbek Bakiyev was appointed prime minister of Kyrgyzstan.
In 2006, Kurmanbek Bakiyev faced a political crisis as thousands of people participated in a series of protests in Bishkek.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev was accused of not following through with his promises to limit presidential power, give more authority to parliament and the prime minister, and eradicate corruption and crime.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev claimed the opposition was plotting a coup against him.
In February 2009, while in Moscow, Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced the eviction of the US Air Base from Kyrgyzstan, following a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, during which Russia promised a investment.
The head of the new provisional government, Roza Otunbayeva, declared that Kurmanbek Bakiyev had not resigned and was trying to rally support.
On 13 April 2010, Kurmanbek Bakiyev stated he would be willing to resign the presidency if his security was guaranteed.
On 15 April 2010, at 19:00, Kurmanbek Bakiyev left Kyrgyzstan for Kazakhstan, having signed a resignation letter.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev was accompanied by his wife Tatyana, his two sons and his Kyrgyz mistress Nazgul Tolomusheva.
In February 2012, it was being reported that Kurmanbek Bakiyev was granted Belarusian citizenship in 2010.
On 6 August 2019, Kurmanbek Bakiyev met with President Alexander Lukashenko in the Independence Palace to mark Kurmanbek Bakiyev's 70th birthday, which he had marked several days earlier.
In July 2021, Kurmanbek Bakiyev was accused of corruption in the development of the Kumtor gold deposit.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev's wife, Tatyana Vasilevna Petrova, a production engineer, is an ethnic Russian who was born in Samara and raised in what is present-day Moldova.
From his common-law wife Bakieva Nazgul Tolomusheva Kurmanbek Bakiyev Bakiev has a son Daniyar born in 2004 and a daughter Leyla born in 2000.