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Kyrgyz Authorities Looking For Men Seen Roasting Potatoes On Eternal Flame


A screengrab from a video circulated on the Internet that appears to show two men in Bishkek roasting potatoes on the eternal flame at the city's memorial to Kyrgyzstan's World War II dead.

BISHKEK -- The Bishkek mayor's office has asked residents of the Kyrgyz capital to help identify and locate two young men it says roasted potatoes on the eternal flame at the city's memorial to World War II dead.

The mayor's office issued a statement on December 6 appealing to residents and promising not to disclose the identities of those who help track down "the vandals."

A video apparently shot on November 29 showed two men roasting potatoes on the eternal flame on Victory Square in downtown Bishkek. The video has circulated in the Internet since December 1.

WATCH: Men Roasting Potatoes Over Bishkek's Eternal Flame

The mayor's office said that it also asked police to find the men.

Police said preliminary investigations suggested the men may work at a parking area near Victory Square.

It was not clear what charges the men might face if caught.

Kyrgyzstan was part of the Soviet Union during World War II.

With reporting by Vecherny Bishkek
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