The plaques bolted to each of its five bulky printing units say it all: “Property of the United States Government Department of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor”.

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The plaques bolted to each of its five bulky printing units say it all: “Property of the United States Government Department of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor”.

Voters in the tiny mountainous Republic of Kyrgyzstan voted yesterday, in what was arguably the first free parliamentary election in the history of Central Asia. And almost everything they read about half the 29 parties vying for power will have been printed on a press donated by a US government-funded group.

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