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Former Kyrgyz President Akaev To Skip Brother's Burial

Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev attends the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival held at the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in March 2012.

BISHKEK -- Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev will not be attending his brother's burial in Kyrgyzstan.

An associate of Akaev, Bekbolot Talgarbekov, told RFE/RL on January 27 that Akaev had been informed that his brother Asankul Akaev had died on January 26 in the capital, Bishkek. He was 76.

Talgarbekov also said that Akaev, currently on a business trip in France, had been advised not to travel to Kyrgyzstan to avoid possible arrest.

Akaev, a 71-year-old scientist-turned-politician, has lived in Moscow since he was forced from public office in the wake of antigovernment protests in March 2005.

He is wanted by the current Kyrgyz authorities for alleged corruption.

In 2014, Akaev skipped the burial of his other brother, Bolot Akaev, who died at the age of 81.