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Uzbek preacher given asylum

A popular Muslim preacher who is one of Uzbekistan’s most wanted men has left Central Asia after the United Nations helped him to find asylum abroad. Abidkhan Nazarov drew a large following in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, but went into hiding eight years ago when the authorities tried to arrest him. The Uzbek government has intensified work to round up potential critics who fled to ex-Soviet republics recently. Mr Nazarov has been living secretly in neighbour Kazakhstan for several years. Full Story

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