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Thriving Kyrgyz drug trade deeply connected to politics

The southern Kyrgyz city of Osh sits on one of the main transit routes for Afghan heroin destined mainly for Russia and Western Europe. Osh was at the center of bitter inter-ethnic violence in June which caused the deaths of at least 400 people and destroyed thousands of homes – mostly owned by ethnic Uzbeks.

Rayhan Demytrie from the BBC World Service investigates the role the drugs trade plays in Kyrgyzstan’s complex power relationships.

This segment originally aired on the program BBC Assignment.

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