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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kyrgyz Widow Calls $55,000 From U.S. Military Too Little

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- The widow of a Kyrgyz civilian shot dead by a U.S. serviceman at a U.S. base called a $55,000 compensation payment Monday a "humiliation" and said she would press her demand for $1 million in damages.

Alexander Ivanov, a truck driver, was fatally shot by a serviceman in December during a security check at the entrance to the Manas air base near Bishkek that supports operations in Afghanistan.

An unspecified amount was paid Monday to Ivanov's widow, Marina Ivanova, base spokesman Captain Tim Wade said. In a statement, base commander Colonel Joel Scott Reese said the United States "recognizes her emotional and financial hardships."

"It is for this reason that the secretary of defense is providing monetary assistance to her and her family," Reese said in the statement. "It is hoped that this final gesture of goodwill will ease her difficulties associated with this tragic event."

Wade confirmed that no further payments were planned and said the amount was not being disclosed in the interest of Ivanova's privacy.

Ivanova, however, said it was $55,000 and dismissed it as an effort to dissuade her from seeking more. "This is the latest handout, a humiliation. I do not consider it a gesture of goodwill -- the [U.S. defense secretary] does not want me to demand anything more," she said.

She said she would not withdraw a claim that her lawyer said was filed in January for $1 million.

Wade said he could not immediately comment on the claim.

The U.S. Embassy said earlier this month that the serviceman involved had been sent home but remained under investigation. The U.S. military has said Ivanov threatened the serviceman with a knife. Kyrgyz investigators earlier concluded that the soldier did not act in self-defense and recommended he face prosecution despite the immunity granted to U.S. servicemen deployed here.