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Two Kyrgyz Officials Detained For Fuel Smuggling To Tajikistan

BISHKEK -- Two Kyrgyz officials have been detained on suspicion of involvement in the illegal export of gasoline to Tajikistan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kalybek Satybaldiev, the chief of the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry's Counter-Organized Crime Directorate, told RFE/RL today that Ulan Babaev of the Finance Police and Nuradil Toktosunov of the Tax Service were arrested earlier this week.

Satybaldiev said the two officials abused their official positions and forged documentation to enable criminal groups to steal gasoline and export it to Tajikistan.

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