7. The Tulip Revolution, 2005
The motif of colour or flower revolutions continues, this time with the First Kyrgyz Revolution, popularly called the Tulip Revolution, lasting from February 27 to March 13 in 2005.
Targeting the then-president of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev, the people called out corruption and authoritarianism rampant by his family and supporters in the parliamentary elections. Interestingly, it was Akayev who coined the “Tulip Revolution” in a speech.
Unable to contain the protests, Akayev fled to Russia (where he was offered refuge by Putin), and back home the Prime Minister resigned while the supreme court invalidated the election results. From Russia, Akayev sent his resignation, which the interim administration formally accepted on 11th April, 2005.