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Four Uzbeks Detained Near White House, Sought Meeting With Putin

Four citizens of Uzbekistan were detained near the White House on Sunday, afterwards telling police that they were seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev, Izvestia reported.

The group — presumably a family, since they all had the last name of Rasulovy — hoped Putin and Medvedev could help them resolve a financial problem they were having, police said. The group told police that Uzbek authorities had not responded to their requests for assistance.

After questioning the group of migrants, police told them to speak with the Uzbek embassy and released them.

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