BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz authorities have halted the prosecution of a married couple who protested Russian President Vladimir Putin's March visit to Bishkek, 24.kg reported Wednesday (July 31), quoting the couple's attorney, Zamir Jooshev.
The decision comes after three textual analyses of the signs that Nurlan Karymshakov and Gulzana Imayeva held during their demonstration in Bishkek a day before Putin's arrival.
The signs called Putin an "aggressor" and "occupier".
The analysts who reviewed their signs concluded that they had no content denouncing any ethnic, racial, religious or other group, said Jooshev. Authorities granted Jooshev's request to close the case against the couple.
Kyrgyz citizens have expressed discontent with Russian policies, such as using the nation's main tourist attraction, Lake Issyk-Kul, as a staging ground for military exercises.