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Russian Officer Charged With Beating Waiter In Tajikistan

KULOB, Tajikistan -- Prosecutors in Tajikistan have charged a Russian officer they say beat a man near the 201st military base's unit in the southern city of Kulob.

A local official told RFE/RL on February 2 that the suspect, idenified as Captain Chemizov, is suspected of severely beating a waiter at a restaurant in Kulob last week.

Last summer, two Russian officers from the 201st military base's unit in Dushanbe, the capital, were arrested on suspicion of killing a local man, Rahimjon Teshaboev. That investigation is continuing.

There are about 7,000 Russian soldiers deployed at three different sites that make upthe Russian base in Tajikistan.

A soldier at Russia's large base in Armenia, another ex-Soviet republic, is suspected in the brutal slaying of seven members of a single family near the facility last month.

The massacre sparked days of protests in Armenia.

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