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In Kyrgyzstan, Prison Riot Reveals Cracks In System

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A day after a deadly prison riot in the Kyrgyz capital, authorities are divided on both the cause of the violence and its outcome. But the unrest is certain to heat up the debate on corruption and criminality in the country's prison system.

Officials now admit one inmate was killed during the January 16 riot, which saw security forces storm detention center No. 1 amid a protracted hunger strike over living conditions.

Prison officials say the inmate, 25-year-old Nurbek Alimbaev, died of a drug overdose in an institution where many detainees are involved in illicit narcotics trade. Tabyldy Isaev, an adviser with the State Penetentiary Service, announced on January 17 that a veritable cornucopia of knives, narcotics, cash, and other drug-trade paraphernalia had been confiscated from the inmates.

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Written in Prague by Daisy Sindelar based on reporting in Bishkek by Kybanych Joldoshev and Bakyt Asanov

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In Kyrgyzstan, Prison Riot Reveals Cracks In System

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