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Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent for Agence-France Presse, Chris Rickleton.

Rickleton told EurasiaNet.org that he had his passport taken away by border officials after flying into Manas international airport on the morning of December 9 and that he was being informed he would have to leave on the following flight to Dubai.

The reporter, who has previously contributed to EurasiaNet.org, has been based in Kyrgyzstan for eight years. He lives in Bishkek with his wife and young daughter, who are both Kyrgyz nationals.

Since joining Agence-France Presse in 2015, Rickleton has repeatedly been denied long-term accreditation by Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Ministry. Officials have never provided any explanation for the refusal, but Rickleton said he has been summoned to the offices of the State Committee for National Security, the successor agency to the KGB, on two occasions while seeking the required paperwork. 

Writing in a letter on on Facebook to the recently elected President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, Rickleton appealed for the deportation order against to be overturned.

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