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Reporter dies; he alleged beating

July 14, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An independent journalist who had criticized Kyrgyzstan's government has died after surgery for injuries he said he suffered during a beating by police, relatives and colleagues said.

The death of Almaz Tashiyev, 32, came after a series of attacks on reporters and shortly before next week's presidential election.

The Interior Ministry said prosecutors were investigating the alleged attack.

Critics of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev say the government has tried to stifle opposition ahead of the July 23 election, in which he is widely expected to win a second term.

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