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Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has signed into law a bill on keeping convicted terrorists separately from other inmates.

The law signed by Atambaev on April 18 had been approved by lawmakers in March and will come into force 10 days after it is first published by state media.

The bill has been proposed to prevent the recruitment of young inmates by Islamic extremists in penitentiaries across the Central Asian nation.

Kyrgyz authorities have said that more than 500 Kyrgyz nationals, a quarter of whom are women, have left the country for Syria and Iraq to join Islamic militant groups including the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Based on reporting by KyrTAG and Akipress

A Russian court has sentenced a poet to one year of community service on ethnic hatred charges.

The court in Moscow also ruled on April 18 that Nikolai Bogolyubov must pay 200,000 rubles ($3,000).

Bogolyubov, 42, was found guilty of inciting hatred toward people of Jewish background.

Bogolyubov, who positions himself as an Orthodox Christian poet, pleaded not guilty.

The case against him was launched after he distributed his four books at a public event in Moscow in November 2014.

Investigators have concluded that in his literary works Bogolyubov "expressed a hostile attitude to individuals of Jewish origin, suggesting that this group of people deserve to be treated with contempt."

Based on reporting by Rapsinews and TASS

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