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Kyrgyz Unveil Monument To Slain Journalist

Gennady Pavlyuk

Gennady Pavlyuk

BISHKEK -- A monument to slain Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk has been unveiled in Bishkek, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Pavlyuk, 51, was thrown from a building in Almaty on December 16 with his arms and legs bound. He died in a hospital six days later.

Pavlyuk, an ethnic Russian, was known in Kyrgyzstan under the pseudonym Rustam Ibragimbek. He founded the "White Steamer" newspaper and website. He also wrote for the newspaper "Vecherny Bishkek" (Evening Bishkek) and the Russian weekly "Argumenty i fakty."

Pavlyuk's relatives and friends, journalists, politicians, Prosecutor-General Kubatbek Baibolov, and other officials were present at the unveiling ceremony.

The bronze statue of Pavlyuk was made by sculptor Askar Turumbekov and financed by the Ata-Meken (Fatherland) political party. Before travelling to Almaty, Pavlyuk had met with then-opposition Ata-Meken Chairman Omurbek Tekebaev, his friend and political ally.

On October 6, Kazakh Interior Ministry spokesman Quanyshbek Zhumanov announced that two suspects in Pavlyuk's killing were detained in Almaty last week.

Tekebaev is running as Ata-Meken's top candidate in the parliamentary elections on October 10.