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Former Kyrgyz President's Chief Of Staff Arrested

Oksana Malevanaya (file photo)
Oksana Malevanaya (file photo)
BISHKEK -- The former head of Kyrgyzstan's presidential office was arrested today, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Prosecutor-General's Office press service told RFE/RL that Oksana Malevannaya has been charged with abuse of power and is being held in the National Security Service's detention center in Bishkek.

Earlier today, acting National Security Service head Keneshbek Duishebaev told journalists that a total of 20 former associates of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev have been detained since April 7.

Kyrgyzstan's interim government, which came to power after deadly clashes between antigovernment demonstrators and security forces on April 7, has also issued arrest warrants for Bakiev, several of his relatives, and more close associates.

Also today, the international police agency Interpol circulated an arrest warrant for Bakiev's younger son in connection with fraud charges, Reuters has reported.

A notice on Interpol's website identified a blurred photograph of Maksim Bakiev, the former head of the Kyrgyz Central Agency for Development. Keneshbek Dushebaev, the acting head of Kyrgyzstan's security services, said Maksim Bakiev was believed to be in one of the Baltic states.

Interpol also circulated a second arrest warrant for the deputy chairman of the Kyrgyz State Guard Service, Nurlan Timirbaev, for "crimes against life and health," Interpol's website showed.

More than 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded during the clashes. Bakiev eventually fled to Belarus.