Where in the world is Maksim Bakiyev?

While his father's regime was being overthrown back in Kyrgyzstan, Maksim Bakiyev -- who was the head of the country's Agency for Investment and Economic Development -- was on his way to the U.S. for a series of meetings in Washington. The new government charged Maksim with embezzlement and abuse of power on Friday, the only problem is that no one now knows where he is. 

RFE/RL's Richard Solash explains

 During an April 14 press briefing, U.S. State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley was asked by a reporter whether Maksim Bakiev was seeking asylum stateside -- one of the various rumors that have been swirling in recent days.

Crowley’s response: “We don’t believe his [Kurmanbek Bakiev’s] son is in the United States. We don’t know where he is.”

Someone going by "maksimbakiyev" was posting on Livejournal last week, but gave no clues about his whereabouts.

He's not the only one laying low. No one is currently answering the phone at the Kyrgyz embassy in Washington and a recorded message says the voicemail-box is full.


Live event: The Battle for Pakistan

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Few places in the world have assumed as much importance for the United States and its allies since 2001 as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions, which have served as a base for the mix of militants seeking to attack the governments, militaries, and civilians of the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and others. In just over half of the serious plots against the West since 2004, alleged militants received training at camps in Pakistan.

Join the New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative and Foreign Policy magazine for the launch of a unique series of policy papers, ‘The Battle for Pakistan,’ written by local Pakistani researchers and other experts on politics and militancy in Pakistan’s tribal areas.



Peter Bergen
Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation
Author, The Osama Bin Laden I Know

Panel 1: Politics and Military Operations in Pakistan’s Northwest

Hassan Abbas
Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor, Columbia University, South Asia Institute
Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
Author, “Inside Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province: The Political Landscape of the Insurgency” (forthcoming)

Sameer Lalwani
Research Fellow, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation
PhD Student, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author, “Pakistan’s COIN Flip: The Recent History of Pakistani Military Counterinsurgency Operations in the NWFP and FATA” (forthcoming)

Susan Glasser
Executive Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine

Panel 2: The Battle for Pakistan: Militancy and Conflict in the Tribal Regions

Imtiaz Ali

Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow
United States Institute of Peace

Brian Fishman
Counterterrorism Research Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, “Militancy and Conflict in the Tribal Regions” (forthcoming)
Co-author, “Militancy and Conflict in North Waziristan” (forthcoming)

Catherine Collins
Co-Author, The Man From Pakistan (2008)
Co-Author, “Financing the Taliban: Tracing the dollars behind the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan” (forthcoming)

Peter Bergen
Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation
Author, The Osama Bin Laden I Know