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Closed Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border Ratcheting Up Tensions

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For Turgunaly Tagaev, a villager in southern Kyrgyzstan’s isolated and impoverished Batken Province, the death of his brother, who lived a few kilometers away, was a tragedy. But his sense of loss turned into a sense of injustice and anger when border guards from neighboring Uzbekistan -- where his brother’s village is located -- kept him from the funeral.

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Alisher Khamidov is a freelance writer specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Closed Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border Ratcheting Up Tensions

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