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Kyrgyz Offer Rewards For Bakiev Camp Captures

Deposed Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev (left) leaves a news conference in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on April 23.
Authorities in Kyrgyzstan are offering rewards as high as $100,000 for information leading to the capture of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev and fugitive relatives and senior aides, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and agencies report.

They are sought for what are described by interim authorities as "grave crimes."

Bakiev fled into exile in Belarus more than a week after more than 80 people died in the capital, Bishkek, and in other cities when security forces opened fire on antigovernment protesters.

In a country where average wages are roughly $130 a month, the rewards of between $20,000 and $100,000 for some individuals on the list of a dozen or so people are bound to raise eyebrows.

The bounties apply to the president and the following family members, according to RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service: the ex-president's brother and former presidential-guard commander, Janysh Bakiev; brother and entrepreneur Akhmat Bakiev; brother Kanybek Bakiev, who was a local administration head; and son Maksim Bakiev, who led the recently created Agency for Investment and Economic Development.

There are also rewards on offer for information leading to the capture of a handful of Bakiev-era officials: former Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov; ex-Prime Minister Igor Chudinov; Aleksei Yeliseev; Aleksei Shirshov, a former chairman of the Dastan naval weapons factory; former Energy Minister Saparbek Balkybekov; Akimjan Muibillaev; Kurmanbek Temirbaev; and Jalal-Abad area police chief Nurlan Temirbaev.