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In Tajikistan, Woman Dies After Beating By Russian Soldier

The city of Kulob in southwestern Tajikistan
The city of Kulob in southwestern Tajikistan
* Correction appended

KULOB, Tajikistan -- A woman who was reportedly beaten by a Russian soldier in the southwestern Tajik city of Kulob has died, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Kulob police spokesman Rustamkhon Botyrov announced on November 19 that Anzhelika Golovina died of liver failure, apparently stemming from hepatitis.

Botyrov said Golovina suffered injuries when she was beaten last week by a Russian military officer from a unit stationed in Khatlon Province.

Some locals in Kulob have complained about the presence of the Russian military in their city.

Local resident Khayriddin Sadulloev told RFE/RL that drunken Russian soldiers often "literally terrorize the local population by fighting with each other or attacking passersby."

In September, two Russian soldiers were convicted of killing a taxi driver in Qurghon-Teppa.

The Russian military base in Kulob is considered crucial for monitoring the Tajik-Afghan border.

There are some 7,000 Russian service personnel in Tajikistan at bases in Dushanbe and the southern cities of Qurghon-Teppa and Kulob.

* Our story originally suggested erroneously that Golovina had died on November 19. In fact, she died the previous week but her death was reported on November 19.