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Kyrgyzstan: Murder Investigation Exacerbates Regional Divisions

Conditions are such in Kyrgyzstan that a supposed break in a high-profile murder case is reinforcing an impression that the central government is weak, while stoking regional tension.

Interior Ministry officials are identifying prime suspects in the 2009 death of Medet Sadyrkulov, once a top aide to former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev. As of October 4, the Interior Ministry has fingered 30 former top officials who were allegedly involved in Sadyrkulov’s killing. Back in 2009, authorities portrayed Sadyrkulov’s death as an unfortunate, late-night road accident. But now, investigators are saying it was a grisly, politically-motivated hit.

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