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Kyrgyz Customs Service Head's Citizenship Questioned

BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz parliament has urged the government to verify whether the head of the country's Customs Service can continue in that post in light of claims that he has dual citizenship, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Parliament deputy Tynchtyk Shainazarov stated on April 28 that customs chief Kubanychbek Kulmatov holds a Russian passport.

Kyrgyz laws do not allow anyone with dual citizenship to head state boards and organizations.

The Prosecutor-General's Office has confirmed Shainazarov's allegation, but the Customs Service press center told RFE/RL that Kulmatov insists that "rumors" about his dual citizenship are unfounded.

Kyrgyzstan is the only country in Central Asia that allows dual citizenship for some categories of the population.

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