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Kyrgyz Journalist Hospitalized After Severe Beating

Samat Asipov
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz television journalist Samat Asipov has been hospitalized after a severe beating at the hands of unknown attackers in Bishkek, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Asipov suffered multiple injuries, bruises, and concussion in the attack late on May 11.

Almaz Turdumamatov, a senior producer for the Fifth Channel television company for which Asipov works, told RFE/RL that three individuals attacked Asipov near the Kyrgyz Technical University as he was returning home from work at around 10.00 p.m. Turdumamatov said the attackers did not take Asipov's wallet, mobile phone, or documents.

"We do not exclude the possibility that the attack was connected with Asipov's professional activities, because over the last two years he covered parliamentary news and social, economic, and political problems," Turdumamatov told RFE/RL.

Police in Bishkek's Lenin district have opened an investigation.

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