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Privatizations Of Resorts By Kyrgyz Ex-President Probed


Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul

Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz acting Prosecutor-General Baitemir Ibraev says many properties near the Issyk-Kul lake resort that were privatized during President Kurmanbek Bakiev's rule are being investigated, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Ibraev told RFE/RL that three investigative groups are currently researching documents related to the privatization of several resorts in the Issyk-Kul area by relatives and close associates of Bakiev.

Ibraev added that it was unclear who were the actual owners of some of the resorts. He said the investigations could last at least two months.

Bakiev, who was toppled by mass antigovernment protests on April 7, is currently in exile in Belarus.

The whereabouts of many of his relatives and former associates who are wanted by Kyrgyzstan's interim government for corruption and other crimes are unknown.

Issyk-Kul -- which is about 175 kilometers east of Bishkek -- is the second-largest mountain lake in the world.
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