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Kyrgyzstan: Convicted Opposition Politician’s Brother Murdered

The younger brother of a recently convicted opposition figure in Kyrgyzstan has been murdered, injecting more anxiety into an already sour political climate.

Police said masked men burst into Ulan Salyanov’s home in Bishkek and killed him in the very early hours of November 6.

“According to preliminary information, the perpetrators shot twice from a firearm and then fled the scene. Salyanov died later in a local hospital,” police spokesman Nurbek Toktosunov said.

Salyanov’s sister, Aida, was last month handed a deferred five-year jail term on abuse of office charges that her supporters say were a politically motivated response to her opposition to the government.

There was no immediate indication Ulan Salyanov’s death was connected to his sister’s political activities, but the motives for the incident remain murky. Another sister of Salyanov, Chinara, told media that the killers did not steal anything from her brother’s home. She said that shots were fired after Salyanov intervened to protect his son, who was also in the house.

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