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Kyrgyzstan’s Political Weapons: Criminal Charges vs. Scary Crowds

Wherever Kamchybek Tashiev goes, mischief seems to follow. 

The prominent deputy from the nationalist Ata-Jurt party is widely considered a contender in presidential elections this fall. Now, a criminal suit that he calls politically motivated may test Tashiev’s presidential mettle. Will his crowds of supporters be deterred? Or does their loyalty have little to do with his public image?

Tashiev is charged with "premeditated infliction of significant damage to a person's health,” after allegedly beating up a deputy from his own party. Bakhadyr Suleimanov says he spent several days in a Bishkek hospital with a concussion after Tashiev attacked him late on March 31. 

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Kyrgyzstan’s Political Weapons: Criminal Charges vs. Scary Crowds

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