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It's Not Just About the Horse Penis, It's About the Gold Mine

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Kyrgyz were variously enraged and bemused after a British expat working at a foreign-owned gold mine jokingly compared a beloved local equine delicacy to a "horses penis" (sic).
 
But the Facebook jest by Michael McFeat -- a welding superintendent at the Kumtor Gold Company in Kyrgyzstan -- could scarcely have come at a worse time for his Canadian bosses, whose relations with Bishkek are at an all-time low.
 
The mine's owners have recently been locked in a fierce battle with the Kyrgyz government over fresh mining permits and a redivision of profits from an enterprise that generates around 10 percent of Kyrgyzstan's GDP.
 
McFeat is already paying a price for the perceived slur. He was detained at Bishkek's Manas Airport early on January 4 for "document irregularities" and sent to the regional capital, Karakol, before being expelled the next day, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service confirmed, quoting the border service.
 
Initial reports said he faced racially motivated hate charges that could have resulted in up to a five-year jail sentence.
 

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