Central Asia: Extinguishing of ‘eternal flame’ pits patriots versus gas company

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BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN — Residents of this Central Asian city are concerned about how long their “eternal flame” will burn since it was extinguished briefly last week because of an unpaid gas bill.

“The eternal flame must be eternal. It must burn day and night and remind us of our sacrifice for victory,” said Bishkek poet Sooronbay Jusuyev, 87, a veteran of World War II.

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