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Kyrgyzstan: Newspaper Editor Assaulted in Bishkek

The editor of a newspaper in Kyrgyzstan was assaulted outside his home last week in an ominous throwback to the kind of attacks that became commonplace under former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. 

Turat Akimov, who edits the newspaper Dengi i Vlast, said he was unable to identify his assailant.

“A tall, athletic man in a baseball cap was hiding behind the fence. He hit me twice with an iron rod. Once on my head and then my hand. After I hit him back, he dropped the rod and fled,” Akimov told Russian news agency Sputnik, recalling the attack in Bishkek on February 19.

The reporter said he required medical treatment after the assault and went to the hospital to have his arm put in plaster and stitches in a head wound.

Akimov explicitly identifies as an opposition journalist and said that he believes the attack was motivated by his reporting.

It should be noted, however, that his newspaper no longer has its own website, is extremely low profile and appears to specialize primarily in editorializing and loosely researched muck-raking.

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