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Alleged Kyrgyz Crime Boss Buried --> Rysbek Akmatbaev, pictured at a political rally in his support in late March (RFE/RL) PRAGUE, May 11, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Rysbek Akmatbaev, a reputed criminal boss killed on May 10, was today buried in Balykchy, his hometown.

Kyrgyz Interior Minister Murat Sutalinov says shooting appears to have been the work of a criminal group.

Akmatbaev had sought to break into national politics and emerged with the most votes in a recent parliamentary by-election.

However, his victory was not confirmed as he remained under investigation for murder.

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