25 october 2014

Central Asia news

That awkward moment! Gulnara Karimova has a new PR team

That awkward moment! Gulnara Karimova has a new PR team

23.09.2014 12:12 msk Human Rights Politics Interview Uzbekistan

Many Russian and European mass media circulated images depicting Gulnara Karimova rudely held by hands by people in fatigues. Ms. Karimova’s “official representative,” Locksley Ryan of Davidson Ryan Dore, provided the images in question. Obviously, this press release sheds no light whatsoever to the status quo Gulnara Karimova is in. If anything, it only stirred more questions. We decided to ask Jelena Kudelko of Davidson Ryan Dore as she was indicated as a contact person in the press release. Jelena asked to provide her with written questions and was quite quick to respond.

Who makes up with rate of the national currency of Uzbekistan?

Who makes up with rate of the national currency of Uzbekistan?

25.06.2014 20:22 msk Analytics Business Interview Uzbekistan

Interview with Shermamat Abdullozoda, who held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury of the Republic Of Uzbekistan

Shermamat Abdullozoda long held senior positions at the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In 2004, fled the country with his family and now lives in the United States. Mr. Abdullazadeh told "Fergana" about how a rates of foreign exchange currencies (or rather, three rates) of the Uzbek currency, what kind of data used to compile the state budget of Uzbekistan and what is the mechanism of decision-making in the financial sector of the country. "I am out of the country for ten years, but I'm sure - nothing has changed. Things got worse, "- says Shermamat Abdullozoda.

Birdamlik at ten: The leader’s personality stronger than ideas

Birdamlik at ten: The leader’s personality stronger than ideas

09.06.2014 12:12 msk Analytics Business Politics Interview Uzbekistan

The Birdamlik political opposition movement hosted a convention in St. Louis, USA, late April, and stirred a fair amount interest in the movement. We have written many articles on the founder of the movement, Mr. Bakhodir Choriyev, and his ideas for a nonviolent regime change in Uzbekistan; we have also posted the platform of the movement and Mr. Choriyev statement on the launch of a “velvet” revolution in Uzbekistan on our website. All these publications drew sympathy and a few smiles, for such plans seemed unfeasible. After all, what kind of velvet revolution in Uzbekistan could one talk about? But Mr. Choriyev convened like-minded people and the supporters of the democratic movement from Russia, Kazakhstan, Europe, Canada and the USA to the city of St. Louis, where he currently resides. The topic of nonviolent [civil] resistance seems to be gaining traction, and we decided to get to know Mr. Choriyev better.

Uzbekistan: Anti-Gay Law Strikes Terror Into Gay People, but Enriches the Police (18+)

Uzbekistan: Anti-Gay Law Strikes Terror Into Gay People, but Enriches the Police (18+)

07.02.2014 17:15 msk Human Rights Interview Uzbekistan

The topic of homosexuality, along with domestic violence, is tabooed in the press and public discourse in Uzbekistan. Moreover, the Central Asian state is among the remaining few countries where same-sex intercourse is punishable by a harsh prison sentence. Our Tashkent-based correspondent reports on how this law is enforced, based on first-hand experiences of gay people to whom he spoke.

Steve Swerdlow: Czech President must cancel Islam Karimov’s visit to Prague

Steve Swerdlow: Czech President must cancel Islam Karimov’s visit to Prague

06.02.2014 23:13 msk Human Rights Politics Interview Uzbekistan

The president of Uzbekistan will pay a two-day visit to Prague on 21 Feb 2014. Human rights activists in Europe are preparing to greet Islam Karimov with protest rallies: Mutabar Tajibayeva, the head of the Fiery Hearts Club, promises that they will firmly demand Karimov free all political prisoners, cease tortures of detainees and inmates, allow an international inquiry into the Andijan events, ensure conditions for NGO activities, and guarantee the freedom of speech. Fergana interviewed Steve Swerdlow, a representative of Human Rights Watch, about President Karimov’s upcoming visit to Europe.

Nadejda Atayeva: Seven-year imprisonment sentence and property confiscation for human rights activism

Nadejda Atayeva: Seven-year imprisonment sentence and property confiscation for human rights activism

29.08.2013 08:45 msk Analytics Human Rights Business Politics Migration Interview Uzbekistan

On 22 Jul 2013, head of the France-based Human Rights in Central Asia Association announced on her Facebook page: “On 19 July 2013, the Tashkent City Criminal Court sentenced me, in absentia, to seven years in prison and to confiscate my property. The trial took place without my lawyer or myself. I was accused of embezzling entrusted property. The testimony of 69 witnesses, who had also been convicted and who had worked for my father, established my guilt. No expert’s conclusion on the amount of damages was made available. This decision of the Uzbek “justice” was preceded by online and e-mail threats, provocations and numerous extradition requests. Well, we live on!”

Floor given to Uzbek opposition: Failure and degradation or unification and progress?

Floor given to Uzbek opposition: Failure and degradation or unification and progress?

22.07.2013 00:56 msk Analytics Politics Interview Uzbekistan

One of the leaders of democratic opposition of Uzbekistan, Nigara Khidoyatova, urges the opponents of the Islam Karimov regime to unite around entrepreneurial Bakhodir Choriyev. Ms. Khidoyatova discussed her acquaintance with Mr. Choriyev, a former farmer and currently a US-based dissident, in her article “On the enlightening example of an outstanding individual,” which was posted on the Birlik opposition movement’s website.

Lawyer Nurbek Toktakunov: Kyrgyz ombudsman’s power is in lack of authority

Lawyer Nurbek Toktakunov: Kyrgyz ombudsman’s power is in lack of authority

02.07.2013 23:35 msk Human Rights Politics Interview Kyrgyzstan

On 27 Jun 2013, the parliament of Kyrgyzstan adopted a decision to relieve Tursunbek Akun from the post of ombudsman. A special commission identified violations of the ombudsman’s oath as the main human rights advocate. Nurbek Toktakunov, a well-known lawyer with significant experience, is among those competing for the vacant position. Fergana interviewed him on what an ideal ombudsman must be like and what would his first action be, should he be appointed ombudsman.

Islam Karimov: Far from reality

Islam Karimov: Far from reality

24.06.2013 23:35 msk Analytics Business Politics Migration Interview Russia Uzbekistan

Uzbek President Islam Karimov called the Uzbek labor migrants engaged in sweeping streets in Moscow “lazybones” and “street beggars.” Perhaps, President Karimov’s words were addressed for the local audience, for “local consumption” so to speak. The online media outlets in Uzbekistan appeared embarrassed for their leader’s harsh and strange claims having decided not to reprint his statements. The part about “lazybones” would not have made its way into the “foreign consumption” copy of the interview if not for vigilant foreign news agencies.

Catherine Fitzpatrick: Uzbek nation entitled to all rights as others, but not right to extremism

Catherine Fitzpatrick: Uzbek nation entitled to all rights as others, but not right to extremism

31.05.2013 00:26 msk Human Rights Politics Religious life Migration Interview Central Asia Uzbekistan

The US-based independent expert on Eurasia and Russian translator Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick answered Fergana editor-in-chief's questions. The interview was on the recent arrest of another former Uzbek citizen in the United States, Fazliddin Kurbanov. The expert is certain that there were most serious justifications for Kurbanov's arrest and there can be no excuse for terrorism and extremism. Catherine also believes that the several isolated incidences of arrests of Uzbek nationals is not a reason to speak of trends at all.

“The State, it is I” or An unsuccessful bid to meet Gulnara Karimova

“The State, it is I” or An unsuccessful bid to meet Gulnara Karimova

08.03.2013 21:03 msk Human Rights Politics Interview Uzbekistan

Ms. Mutabar Tadzhibayeva, a renown human rights activist, the founder and the leader of the Fiery Hearts human rights center, arrived in Geneva from Paris, where she resides, to participate in the discussion of a documentary on the Andijan tragedy of 2005. The airing of the documentary and its subsequent discussion were event-free. However, something strange happened afterwards. The following excerpt in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps sheds some light: “The Uzbek journalist Mutabar Tadzhibayeva, who was tortured in a Tashkent prison and currently lives in exile in Paris, was invited to a film festival on human rights in Geneva, to talk about the cruelties of the Islam Karimov regime. On Sunday, on her way out of Switzerland, Mr. Tadzhibayeva was summoned by the Geneva police station at the airport. The reason was a lawsuit lodged by the permanent mission of Uzbekistan at the UN HQ in Geneva; the Uzbek president’s daughter, Gulnara Karimova, is the head of mission. Because Ms. Tadzhibayeva does not speak French and the claims against her were not translated for her, she decided to leave Switzerland.”

“Everybody says that only the police were shooting”

“Everybody says that only the police were shooting”

03.12.2012 21:17 msk Interview Kazakhstan

A group of guests from Europe visited Kazakhstan from 26 October to 4 November. Journalist and human rights defender from Helsinki Oksana Chelysheva, Finnish photographer Kukka Ranta and Latvian photographer Maris Morkans went to the Central Asian republic to find about the situation there ioday, almost a year after the tragic events in Zhanaozen. Now, having talked to local residents and gathered a lot of documentary material, they are determined to lobby in Europe for political prisoners in Kazakhstan. A visible result of their journey is a photography exhibition “Kazakhstan with European eyes”, which is currently being prepared.

US Ambassador in Uzbekistan George Krol:

US Ambassador in Uzbekistan George Krol: "We recognize democracy may develop and look differently in Uzbekistan."

25.09.2012 10:51 msk Interview Uzbekistan

In recent months and years the political and economic cooperation between the US and Uzbekistan has been developing actively. This arouses lively interest and even some worry in other countries’ governments, and is a subject of discussion in the press and a reason for rumours amongst experts. Fergana interviewed US Ambassador to Uzbekistan George Krol. An experienced diplomat, Mr Krol avoided answering almost every question, moving away from the topic or swapping answers for quotations from press releases from the State Department. However, the ambassador of any country is not going to be the person to say exactly what he is thinking. He gives voice to the official position of the country whhich he represents. This position differs widely from the one that people who connect America to hopes of a swift democratic change in Uzbekistan want to hear.

"In Kyrgyzstan, corruption is not a problem for the state, it IS the state"

30.12.2011 22:01 msk Interview Kyrgyzstan



The Kyrgyzstani state should be understood primarily as a market for investing in public offices, claims a Swedish political scientist in a newly published doctoral thesis. Dr. Johan Engvall says ordinary political theory does not even provide us with the tools to understand the Central Asian republic, because in it, corruption is not an external problem but the very method of governance. The full-fledged cooperation between police and organised crime under president Bakiev was a low point, he says, but he isn't too impressed by the the post-Bakiev politicians either. At the same time, this state-for-sale can be changed, he believes, pointing at the Georgian example.

Sex slavery: personal story in detail

Sex slavery: personal story in detail

01.12.2011 09:16 msk Interview Kyrgyzstan

It’s never been a secret that women from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan regularly work abroad as prostitutes. Yet, few people know of details of such “labor migration”. Fergana has taken an interview of a person, citizen of Bishkek, who has worked as a prostitute in Dubai (OAE).

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Eurasia Review Pakistan: The North Waziristan Operations – Analysis, 21.10.2014

RIAN Uzbekistan’s Uztelecom Cracks Down on Skype and WhatsApp, 20.10.2014

Fars Press TV Correspondent Accused of Spying Killed in Turkey, 20.10.2014

Sunday's Zaman Ruling party now more associated with bans than democracy, 19.10.2014

Pakistan Observer PURCHASE AGREEMENT ON CASA-1000 PROJECT SOON, 18.10.2014

Global Research Uzbekistan’s Bubbling Pot of Destabilization, 12.10.2014

Al Arabia At least 31 killed in Turkey protests: minister, 10.10.2014

RFE/RL Does IS Pose A Threat To Central Asia?, 09.10.2014

Guardian Turkey has good reasons for caution, 09.10.2014

Dawn US drone strike kills four in North Waziristan, 09.10.2014

Eurasianet.org Uzbekistan: US Slams Tashkent over Continuing Child Labor, 09.10.2014

Daily Sabah A very difficult time for Turkish foreign policy, 09.10.2014

Hurriyet One killed, several injured in ISIL protests across Turkey as curfew declared, 07.10.2014

Foreign Policy Drone strikes continue in North Waziristan, 07.10.2014

Eurasianet Central Asian States Are World’s Leading Water Wasters, 07.10.2014

CNN ISIS set to capture Kobani, finish major land grab, 07.10.2014

Reuters Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad, 06.10.2014

CPJ Turkey's leaders defend press freedom record but agree to address delegation's concerns, 06.10.2014

Hurriyet Cross-border motion protested in Turkey, 03.10.2014

Diplomat The SCO and Regional Dialogue, 02.10.2014

Nature Resources: Curb vast water use in central Asia, 02.10.2014

Eurasianet Russia-Dependence Roils Central Asia’s Fuel Markets, 02.10.2014

The Diplomat Uzbekistan’s Human Rights Nightmare, 01.10.2014

IBT Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Vows to Help Kurdistan in War Against Isis, 29.09.2014

RSF Erdogan bodyguards attack two Turkish journalists in New York, 29.09.2014

Khaama Press Afghanistan: Dr. Abdullah threatens to boycott the presidential inauguration, 28.09.2014

Today's Zaman Erdoğan's guards, NY police scuffle during anti-Erdoğan protest, 26.09.2014

CNN ISIS: Everything you need to know about the rise of the 'Islamic State', 26.09.2014

Washington Post Drawing the World Together: Lucky in Afghanistan, 26.09.2014

Forum 18 UZBEKISTAN: Rehabilitation Centre suspended, leaders under criminal investigation, 26.09.2014

The Guardian Thousands jailed in Uzbekistan on politically motivated charges, report says, 26.09.2014

Khaama Islamic State expanding activities in Ghazni, Afghanistan, 26.09.2014

Afghanistan analysts network Karzai struggles against foreign detentions – state releases Taleban?, 25.09.2014

The Diplomat A New U.S. Human Rights Policy Towards Turkmenistan, 24.09.2014

ITAR-TASS MTS returns to Uzbekistan, 24.09.2014

Eurasianet.org Uzbekistan: Prosecutors Deny Holding Gulnara’s Daughter Captive, 23.09.2014

Global Post Uzbekistan leader's daughter probed for corruption, 23.09.2014

RFE/RL Comedy Troupe Too Risque For Uzbek Stage, 20.09.2014

BBC Uzbekistan first daughter Gulnara Karimova hires PR help, 20.09.2014

Khaama Sayyaf calls killers of Afghan forces and Jihadi leaders ‘infidels’, 20.09.2014

IWPR Bishkek Turns Face to Moscow, 19.09.2014

The Guardian Uzbekistan's first daughter 'pictured under house arrest', 16.09.2014

London South East Oxus Gold Loss Widens As It Awaits Outcome Of Uzbekistan Arbitration, 15.09.2014

Deutsche Welle Central Asia's intensifying water dispute, 12.09.2014

The Guardian Uzbekistan's autocratic ruler may have found a way to silence his daughter, 09.09.2014

AAN Taleban Closing in on the City: The next round of the tug-of-war over Kunduz, 02.09.2014

Tengri News Kazakhstan may leave EEU if its interests are infringed: Nazarbayev, 31.08.2014

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