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Russian Troops On Trial For Killing Of Tajik Taxi Driver
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WATCH: Russian Troops On Trial For Killing Of Tajik Taxi Driver

Russian officers in the 109th garrison court in Dushanbe confiscated and partly deleted video material from a high-profile trial covered by RFE/RL's Tajik Service.

Correspondents Abdullo Ashurov and Amriddin Olim filmed the trial of two Russian soldiers suspected of killing a Tajik taxi driver last year.

Both had received permission from the presiding Russian Judge Dmitry Norvind to film a five-minute video from the trial that started on August 4.

But the correspondents were stopped by Russian military personnel and questioned after the trial was adjourned.

A Russian officer who introduced himself as Colonel Perepelitsa confiscated the journalists' equipment and returned it about an hour later with some footage missing.

The correspondents said Perepelitsa verbally offended them and described RFE/RL as an "anti-Russian U.S. propaganda tool."