Edil Baisalov (Russian: Эдиль Байсалов) is Chief of Staff to the head of the interim government in Kyrgyzstan, Roza Otunbayeva, following the 2010 Kyrgyzstani uprising on April 7, 2010. He is a Kyrgyz political activist and former president of the Coalition for Civil Society and Democracy, a leading civic advocacy group. He was born in Bishkek in 1977 and attended the American University of Central Asia and the Kyrgyz State National University. He studied in Turkey (1992–1993) and the United States (1994–1995) as an exchange student.
Baisalov has campaigned against crime and corruption. On April 12, 2006 he survived an attempted assassination for his vocal criticism of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's failure to battle organized crime.
In November 2006, Baisalov was involved in large anti-government demonstrations in Bishkek, acting as a spokesman for protesters. Shortly afterwards, Baisalov was again attacked in the Osh airport.
In August 2007 Baisalov joined the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, chaired by prime-minister Almazbek Atambaev. He played an important role in consolidating democratic opposition to president Kurmanbek Bakiev.
On December 4, 2007 Edil Baisalov was removed by the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan from the candidate list of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan and barred from participating in the early parliamentary elections. Many activists and lawyers claimed this decision to be politically motivated and illegal. Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan alleged that Baisalov had published the ballot on his blog and the General Prosecutor charged him with attempt to undermine integrity of elections.
In Sweden he studied at Uppsala University. On April 9, 2010, following the overthrow of president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Baisalov returned to Kyrgyzstan and took a high position in the interim government, frequently appearing as spokesperson of the head of government.
Baisalov is married and has one daughter.
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