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Sex Scandal Just Latest Misadventure For Kyrgyz Muftis

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

A tempest is brewing in Kyrgyzstan over a video that appears to show the country's highest religious authority engaged in a naked romp with a young woman.

Everyone is in agreement that the man in the video is Grand Mufti Rakhmatulla-Hajji Egemberdiev -- even the mufti himself.

What's not so clear is the identity of the woman receiving his affections.

Critics have characterized her as an unnamed "sex bomb" who tempted the Islamic spiritual leader into an extramarital affair.

But Egemberdiev says he is "clean before God" and that the woman is in fact his wife of four years.

That explanation has not been enough to pacify a small crowd of protesters who gathered outside Egemberdiev's Bishkek office on January 6, calling him an adulterer and demanding his resignation.

Strange Bedfellows

Bakyt Nurdinov, a member of the Congress of Muslims, a Bishkek-based nongovernmental group that promotes the rights of the Islamic community, says the video has proved deeply unsettling.

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Sex Scandal Just Latest Misadventure For Kyrgyz Muftis

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