Relatives of Kyrgyzstan's former President Askar Akaev say he is considering a return to the Central Asian country for the first time since his ouster nine years ago.
Akaev's relatives told RFE/RL on August 4 that he may return in order to take part in a burial ceremony for his brother, Bolot Akaev, in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.
Bolot Akaev died in Bishkek on August 3 at the age of 81.
The ousted Akaev, a 69-year-old scientist-turned-politician, has lived in Moscow since he was forced from office in the wake of antigovernment protests in March 2005.
He is currently a professor at Moscow State University and a program coordinator for the Russian Academy of Sciences.