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Kyrgyzstan is disappointed with the way the Russian media has covered the political unrest in the country, the prime minister said on Wednesday, saying he had complained to the Russian ambassador

Kyrgyzstan is disappointed with the way the Russian media has covered the political unrest in the country, the prime minister said on Wednesday, saying he had complained to the Russian ambassador.

Daniyar Usenov said that during a meeting with Moscow's ambassador in Bishkek he had expressed his displeasure over the way Russian media had reported the riots in Talas, accusing them of bias.

"Mass media that do not cover the situation objectively are our enemies," Usenov said at a news conference.

According to a Russian diplomat in Bishkek, the ambassador rejected the prime minister's complaint.

"During the talks, the ambassador conveyed to the leadership of the republic that Russian mass media coverage of the situation in Kyrgyzstan was restrained and unbiased," the official told RIA Novosti

In the latest disturbances on Wednesday, a group of protesters clashed with police outside an opposition headquarters in the Kyrgyz capital and more than a thousand people held a rally in front of the regional governmental building in Naryn in the center of the country.

On Tuesday, rioters in the western city of Talas seized the local government building. The Kyrgyz authorities sent additional police forces to Talas and the Interior Ministry said the situation was under control, but later witnesses said activists had again seized the administrative building.

BISHKEK, April 7 (RIA Novosti) 

 

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