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Kyrgyz Analyst Beaten, Robbed In Bishkek

Aleksandr Knyazev
Aleksandr Knyazev
BISHKEK -- A Kyrgyz political analyst was severely beaten and robbed in Bishkek late on December 9, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Four assailants attacked Aleksandr Knyazev near his apartment and took his briefcase and laptop.

Knyazev said one of the assailants shouted, "That is for your politics!" as he left the scene of the attack.

Knyazev is as a well-known political analyst who has often criticized the foreign policy of Kyrgyzstan's current government.

He is also the director of the Bishkek branch of the Commonwealth of Independent States Institute.