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Russia Arrests Two Uzbeks Wanted Over Andijon Unrest

(RFE/RL) 21November 2005 -- Russian security forces have reportedly arrested two Uzbek nationals wanted by Uzbek authorities in connection to an uprising earlier this year in Uzbekistan's eastern city of Andijon.

Russia's RIA-Novosti news agency today quotes a spokesman for Russia's Federal Security Service as saying the two were arrested in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on an international warrant issued by Uzbekistan and may be extradited. It was unclear when the arrests were made.

The report, which could not be independently confirmed, said the charges against the two include membership in a banned extremist group, terrorism, murder, and attempted overthrow of Uzbekistan's government.

Rights campaigners, both in and outside Russia, have raised concerns that Moscow may secretly help Tashkent secure the arrest of wanted Uzbek nationals.


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