Muratbek Imanaliev: New Identities in Central Asia

Muratbek Imanaliev, former SCO Secretary-General (2010-2012) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (1991-1992, 1997-2002) speaks about the causes of the USSR collapse and its impact on the Central Asian republics, what they have got, and what they have lost. The main reason for the USSR collapse was the internal degradation of the CPSU, which made the party incapable for changes, what can not be said about the Soviet Union as a whole.

According to Imanaliev, the Soviet identity continues to play a sufficient role in most of Central Asia, which has not yet built a single regional identity. Anyway the lack of liberation movements and unexpected independence, which "fell from the sky", gave the Central Asian nations a positive social memory of the Soviet era, which at the same time can not be considered as nostalgia.