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  • "So many people have died over there. ... One armed group is gone; there is still another which has stayed. They're shooting from the direction of the prison, and Uzbeks have nothing but sticks one meter or half a meter long. There is smoke rising and I have no idea what's left there," Askarov says.

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  • Valentina Gritsenko, head of the Justice rights organization, said she feared Askarov was being tortured.

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