Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

Why a gangster’s death in Central Asia matters

Kamchy Kolbayev (Image: GKNB)

Such is the globalisation of the modern underworld, that the fate of a gangster you may never have heard of, in a country of which you may know little, may actually matter to you. I’d suggest this is true of the Kyrgyz godfather Kamchy Kolbayev, who was killed on Wednesday by a bullet in the head, during a police operation to arrest him in the capital, Bishkek.

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