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Kyrgyz Authorities Search For Authors Of Controversial Books

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz authorities say they are searching for the authors of two books about last year's deadly ethnic clashes that they fear could cause ethnic tensions to flare up again, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security (UKMK) made the announcement in a press statement today that was issued along with photographs of two books titled "The Philosophy Of Cruelty. The Hour Of The Jackal" and "The Philosophy Of Cruelty. The Genocide Continues… The Jackals Have Not Yet Gone."

A UKMK spokesman told RFE/RL that three commissions were established to check the contents of the books, which authorities said were published abroad last year.

The UKMK spokesperson said the books describe last June's violence in southern Kyrgyzstan as "a genocide against Uzbeks."

The UKMK said a Bishkek court has banned distribution of the books and their accompanying CDs.

More than 400 people were killed in ethnic clashes between local Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan's Osh and Jalal-Abad regions in June.

Experts and specialists from the National Sciences Academy, the Kyrgyz-Russian (Slavic) University, and the Bishkek University of the Humanities took part in the work of the commissions, which reached the conclusion that the books "give one-sided and biased information regarding the ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan's southern regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad, using insulting statements and negative descriptions of the events, which could lead to interethnic tension, retaliation, and mass unrest."

The Prosecutor-General's Office launched an investigation into the books' origin on April 19. It is not clear whether the UKMK knows the names of the authors or where the books were printed.

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