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Kyrgyz Border Guard Chief Sacked

Kurmanakun Matenov has been accused of corruption.
The head of Kyrgyzstan's State Border Service Kurmanakun Matenov has been temporarily relieved of his duties amid allegations he committed fraud.

An investigation determined that Matenov submitted a fake statement of residence to the pensions department and, as a result, received some 409,000 som (about $8,500) in payments which he was not entitled to receive.

The military prosecutor's office issued a statement on suspending Matenov and forwarded its findings to President Almazbek Atambaev who signed a decree on October 26 dismissing Matenov from his post.

Matenov was the third border chief Kyrgyzstan has had this year.