Tag "Karimov"

Uzbek journalist, Bobomurod Abdullayev, was secretly arrested in Tashkent on September 27, 2017. A few days later it was revealed that he was being held in the pre-trial detention center of the Uzbek National Security Service (SNB). Surprisingly, at the end of December, Bobomurod refused the services of one of Tashkent’s best lawyers, Sergey Mayorov. …

An open letter from Uzbek human rights activists to the British sculptor Paul Day commissioned to commemorate former President Islam Karimov in December. The sculpture is due to be placed outside the Uzbek embassy in Moscow. Dear Mr. Day, Thanks to the man you plan to celebrate with your latest sculpture, none of us have …

November 22, 2016 Annex After spending five years in the Samarkand psychiatric hospital, Ulugbek Khaydarov, a friend and journalist of Karimov’s, who has since emigrated to Canada (for political reasons?) spoke to him by phone shortly after his release in November 2011. According to Khaydarov,  “His voice was the same, his conscience was clear and he had not changed at …

By Umida Niyazova Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s late authoritarian ruler, preyed on his people. Secretive, corrupt, and brutal, he allowed those close to him to enrich themselves at the public’s expense to the tune of $850 million, according to lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Even now, after his death, there are no signs …

German Media Coverage on Islam Karimov’s Death German media articles reporting on the Uzbek President’s death focused on the controversial legacy of Karimov’s long-term rule with an iron fist, the fact they have not hampered his good relations with Western countries, especially Germany and the unresolved question of his succession. Contradictory news from Uzbekistan at …