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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 09:23 AM
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8. The jet fuel contract -- note that they don't have oil wells, and import all the oil
Edited on Sat Apr-10-10 09:25 AM by FarCenter

Kyrgyzstan US Air Base Contracts To Face Scrutiny

A little known company called Mina Corp. currently holds the jet fuel contract for Manas. According to documents obtained by EurasiaNet under the Freedom of Information Act, Mina Corp. was awarded a contract to supply an estimated 105 million gallons of jet fuel to Manas in July 2009 at a cost of $2.28 per gallon.

The contract ends on July 31, 2010, but contains a further two-year delivery option.

Mina Corp, a Gibraltar-registered company, is closely related to Red Star Enterprises Ltd.

A spokesman for Red Star/Mina Corp., Nikolai Ushakov, told EurasiaNet, "Red Star Enterprises and Mina Corp. share some management and logistics aspects in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, although they are separately registered entities with different profiles."

On April 7, Ushakov categorically denied a link between Red Star/Mina Corp. and any member of the family of Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the Kyrgyz leader who fled Bishkek on April 7 amid mob violence.

Red Star and Mina Corp. until recently shared office space in the Hyatt Hotel in Bishkek. Chuck Squires, a former defense attache at the US embassy in Bishkek, has simultaneously held the post of director of operations for both Mina Corp. and Red Star.

Red Star Enterprises was previously linked to alleged payments to family members of ex-president Askar Akayev, who was ousted from power in 2005 in a popular uprising dubbed the Tulip Revolution.

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