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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

13 Uzbeks Released From Detention

A human rights activist said Wednesday that 13 Uzbek citizens who were detained for nearly two years in central Russia have been released, but that they could face further harassment by authorities.

Prosecutors in Uzbekistan had requested that Russia detain and extradite the group for allegedly helping to finance an uprising in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan nearly two years ago.

Rights groups and witnesses say hundreds were gunned down by government troops during the May 2005 revolt, but the Uzbek government say it was sparked by Islamic radicals and that fewer than 200 people died.

The group, which includes an ethnic Kyrgyz man, denied the charges, and said the Uzbek government was seeking their extradition as a way to deflect blame for killing its own citizens.

The group had been in Russian custody in Ivanovo.