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Southern Kyrgyz City Seen As Hub Of Forged Passports

Kyrgyzstan launched a major investigation after Turkish police made a mass arrest of travelers arriving in Istanbul with counterfeit Kyrgyz passports. The probe led police to the southern city of Osh, where officials said the identities of Kyrgyz citizens were stolen in an elaborate scam. RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service picked up the trail and found middlemen willing to arrange forged passports for a price. (Based on a documentary from the RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service program, Inconvenient Questions.)