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In Russia, Fears Of Central Asians Being Abducted To Face Rough Justice At Home

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Firuza Mirkhamidova was visiting family in her native Tashkent in October when she received an unexpected phone call. Her husband, Abdulvosi Latipov, had unexpectedly been released from jail in Volgograd, where they lived.

She and the couple's 6-year-old daughter, Mikhrona, hastily boarded a train to make the four-day trip back to Russia. Latipov would periodically call her mobile phone, telling her about plans for a feast of fresh shashlik and watermelon to celebrate their reunion after his nearly two years in detention.

On the eve of Mirkhamidova's arrival, the couple spoke a final time. Hours later, Latipov vanished without a trace after armed men stormed his house, attacking his relatives, and allegedly dragging him from the scene.

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With additional reporting by RFE/RL Tajik Service correspondent Khiromon Bakoeva in Prague.

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In Russia, Fears Of Central Asians Being Abducted To Face Rough Justice At Home

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