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Kyrgyz Activists Detained For Distributing Leaflets

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz officials briefly detained two opposition activists in northern Kyrgyzstan as they distributed flyers for the opposition group United Popular Movement in the remote town of Naryn.

The two activists, who are from two different opposition parties, have been released and will face interrogation on March 4.

The United Popular Movement issued a press release saying the leaflets contained nothing illegal and that the detentions violate the activists’ constitutional rights.

Kyrgyz authorities have declined to comment.

Last month, activists in southern Kyrgyzstan were briefly detained for distributing opposition flyers.