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The media-freedom representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called on Kyrgyzstan's government to immediately lift its block on the Fergananews.com news website.

OSCE official Dunja Mijatovic issued a statement calling on Kyrgyz authorities to ensure Internet freedom in the Central Asian country.

The website -- which is also known as Fergana.ru and Fergana.news -- was blocked by the state-controlled Internet services provider Kyrgyztelecom on the written instructions of the Kyrgyz State Communications Agency.

Another Internet service provider, Aknet, also reported receiving such a letter, although many other Kyrgyz Internet providers said they had no such information.

In mid-2011, the Kyrgyz parliament passed a resolution calling on the website to be blocked throughout the country, citing the site's coverage of the June 2010 violence in southern Kyrgyzstan.
MOSCOW -- An activist of Russia’s opposition Solidarity movement has been arrested sent to a psychiatric clinic for alleged antigovernment action.

Nadezhda Nizovkina was arrested after she came to Red Square in Moscow on February 26 with a placard saying "Lubyanka Should Be Demolished!"

Lubyanka is the unofficial name for Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), formerly KGB, headquarters.

An activist of the Other Russia opposition movement, Vera Lavreshina, who accompanied Nizovkina, told journalists that after Nizovkina was released from a police station she was taken to the Gannushkin psychiatric clinic in Moscow.

Lavreshina herself was forced to undergo an examination in a psychiatric clinic in Moscow several days ago in connection with her opposition activities.

During Soviet times, it was a common practice of the KGB to compel dissidents to undergo psychiatric examinations.

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