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Victim Of Petrovka Rape In Bishkek For Treatment

BISHKEK -- A 4-year-old Russian girl from the Kyrgyz town of Petrovka, allegedly raped by a 22-year local man of Kurdish origin on April 6, has arrived in the Kyrgyz capital with her mother and human rights activist Tolekan Ismailova, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The girl is being treated in a private clinic in Bishkek.

Kyrgyz Deputy Interior Minister Sabyrbek Kurmanaliev told RFE/RL that a medical examination has confirmed that the girl was raped and infected with a venereal disease.

Reports of the rape sparked unrest in the town on April 26. Some 2,000 demonstrators demanded that all ethnic Kurds leave the town at once.