“Who owns the Bacardi Bar in Bishkek?” is not the type of question that generally troubles the sort of UN and World Bank diplomats who gathered in the Kyrgyz Republic’s capital for this week’s donor conference.

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“Who owns the Bacardi Bar in Bishkek?” is not the type of question that generally troubles the sort of UN and World Bank diplomats who gathered in the Kyrgyz Republic’s capital for this week’s donor conference. But as they agreed to plonk $1.1bn (€845m) into the hands of the new government, with little supervision, it is one that matters.

The aid injection is designed to help the country rebuild the towns of Osh and Jalalabad, both ravaged by last month’s ethnic violence in the country’s south. But much of it is likely to be “diverted”.

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