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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Turk Killed in Office Attack

One Turkish citizen was shot dead and three others injured by unidentified assailants in eastern Moscow, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Three attackers broke into the offices of the Omega-Sistem company on Sirenevy Bulvar on Monday and opened fire on four Turks, a police source told Interfax.

The victims were taken to Hospital No. 36, where one later died of his injuries. The attackers fled the scene in a Lada, Interfax reported. (MT)

Amnesty Presses Kyrgyzstan

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Amnesty International urged Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday to investigate thoroughly the murder of an independent journalist, which it said would have a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech in Central Asia.

Alisher Saipov, an ethnic Uzbek with Kyrgyz citizenship, was shot by an unknown assailant while leaving his newspaper’s office in Osh on Oct. 24.

Saipov, 26, reported for the U.S.-funded Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and ran an Uzbek-language newspaper. (Reuters)

Georgian Police Beaten Up

TBILISI, Georgia — Russian peacekeepers on Tuesday apprehended and beat three Georgian policemen on the tense border with the breakaway region of Abkhazia, Georgia’s Interior Ministry said.

Georgian troops found the policemen handcuffed to an armored personnel carrier in a youth camp located in the neutral zone between the breakaway region and Georgia, said Shota Utiashvili, an official from the Georgian Foreign Ministry. All three had been severely beaten, he said. (AP)

Yushchenko Strips Honors

KIEV — Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has stripped two key figures in his poisoning of honorary rank, taking away their benefits and prestigious titles.

Yushchenko fell seriously ill during the fiercely contested 2004 presidential election campaign after having dinner with top security officials, including Ihor Smeshko and Volodymyr Satsyuk. The ranks were conferred on the two under Yushchenko’s predecessor, Leonid Kuchma. (AP)