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Good News: After 17 Years, Uzbek Journalist Released.

Muhammad Bekjanov was one of the world's longest-imprisoned journalists.

- The Diplomat - US

Uzbekistan: Political Prisoner Free After 19 Years.

– Rustam Usmanov, a peaceful political activist imprisoned arbitrarily in Uzbekistan for 19 years and brutally tortured, was finally freed on February 13, 2017, at the end of his prison term, Human Rights Watch said today. Usmanov, 69, a founder of Uzbekistan's first private bank and a vocal government critic, had been ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

One of world's longest-jailed journalists released after 18 years in Uzbekistan.

One of the world's longest-held journalists has been released, according to Human Rights Watch. Uzbek journalist Muhammad Bekjanov is the latest political prisoner release after the election of Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Volume of leasing operations in Uzbekistan jump.

The total volume of leasing operations in Uzbekistan rose by 5.7 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 to 973.1 billion soums, the aggregate portfolio of leasing transactions was 14.5 percent, up to 2.59 trillion soums, Trend reported with the reference to the Lessors Association.

- AzerNews - AZ

RFE/RL: Prominent Uzbek journalist released after 17 years in prison.

A prominent journalist and political prisoner in Uzbekistan has been released after spending 17 years in prison. The post RFE/RL: Prominent Uzbek journalist released after 17 years in prison appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Uzbekistan: Elation as Long-Time Jailed Journalist is Released.

A political journalist in Uzbekistan who has languished behind bars for 18 years has been released in a development that has elicited elated responses from rights activists. Muhammad Bekjanov, the 63-year old brother of prominent exiled opposition leader Muhammad Solih, was abducted from his home in Ukraine in 1999 and ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Flights Row Ends in Unlikely Bonhomie.

When Uzbekistan suddenly decided this week to deny permission for an airline from Tajikistan to land in its capital, it might have safe to expect an outcry. Privately owned Somoni Air was due to carry a couple dozen paying passengers for the February 20 flight to Tashkent — the first along this route in 25 years — when ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan members of International Coalition of Tourism Partners show commitment.

Uzbekistan members of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners have shown their commitment to GREEN GROWTH + QUALITY = BUSINESS, simply by joining the Coalition.

- eTurboNews - US

Uzbekistan Nixes Long-Awaited Tajikistan Flight.

The first regular scheduled flight between Uzbekistan and Dushanbe in 25 years was unexpectedly nixed on February 20 in an embarrassing anticlimax after weeks of anticipation. Privately owned Tajik carrier Somoni Air said in a statement of apology to its customers that the flight was cancelled on the instructions of the ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan's defensive self-reliance: Karimov's foreign policy legacy.

Bernardo Teles Fazendeiro President Islam Karimov's death provides an opportunity to gauge the origins and consequences of Uzbekistan's foreign policy. This article is aimed at contributing to that on-going conversation. To do so, it assesses the nature of Uzbekistani foreign policy, which the author categorizes as a type ...

- Chatham House - UK

Uzbekistan: Moneymaking Entertainment Watchdog Downsized.

Any musician or singer in Uzbekistan hoping to make a living on their stage has had for years to contend with the all-important parastatal Uzbeknavo performance agency. Dancers, meanwhile, obtained their performing licenses from an analogous body called Uzbekraks. Media have reported this week that these two entities are by ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?

Central Asia's borders and Stalin; radio in the region and more; recommended links.

- The Diplomat - US

Guarantee Fund to appear in Uzbekistan in support of small business

Guarantee Fund will be established in Uzbekistan for small business development.

- AzerNews - AZ

Foreign nationals held in Russia on way to join IS in Syria

-Sakhalinsk , Feb. 17 : A group of foreign nationals, who tried to enter Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group, have been detained in Russia's Far Eastern Sakhalin Island."A group of people from Central Asian countries, who intended to enter Syria via third states to take part in the activities of the Islamic ...

- Sify - IN

Uzbekistan: Whistleblower Businessman Ends Up Behind Bars

Things are going from bad to worse for Uzbekistan's anticorruption whistleblower with a court ordering his confinement to a pretrial detention facility pending criminal hearings into corruption. Olim Sulaimanov, who came to prominence last year after posting a video online alleging he had been harassed for bribes by tax ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Russia, Uzbekistan to ink deals on labor migration

- Today.Az - AZ

Russia, Uzbekistan to ink deals on labor migration

The governments of Uzbekistan and Russia plan to sign two agreements in the field of labor migration in April, RIA Novosti reported referring to a representative of the Labor Ministry.

- AzerNews - AZ

Centil ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Centil Law Firm is recognised once again by Chambers &Partners in their 2017 Asia Pacific edition. Overallisranked as Band 1 in Uzbekistan, Band 3 in Kazakhstan, Band 2 in Kyrgyzstan and Band 2 in Tajikistan. The firm is also listed as a Foreign Desk in Turkmenistan in Chambers Global. The post Centil ranked in Chambers ...

- The Lawyer - US

Uzbekistan: Renowned Banker Released After 19 Years in Jail

The founder of Uzbekistan's first privately run bank has been released from jail after 19 years of a sentence that was, rights advocates say, arbitrarily extended. RFE/RL's Uzbek service, Ozodlik, cited a relative of Rustam Usmanov as saying he was released on February 13. We met him at Zhaslyk prison and brought him to ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Afghanistan gunmen kidnap 52 farmers, regional officials say

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan - Gunmen in Afghanistan kidnapped 52 farmers on Wednesday, most of them members of the minority Uzbek community in the remote northern province of Jowzjan, regional officials said, but the motive for the abductions was not immediately clear.

- Reuters - US

Afghanistan gunmen kidnap 52 farmers, regional officials say

Gunmen in Afghanistan Wednesday kidnapped 52 farmers, most of them members of the minority Uzbek community in the remote northern province of Jowzjan, regional officials said, but the motive for the abductions was not immediately clear.

- The Daily Star - LB

Central Asians See NATO More as Threat than Protection

Central Asians are more likely to see NATO as a threat rather than as a source of protection, according to a new survey. The survey, by the American firm Gallup, polled residents of all the ex-Soviet republics except for Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. All of the Central Asian states saw NATO as more of a threat than as ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: Corruption Whistleblower Summoned to Court

An entrepreneur in Uzbekistan who made a splash last year after appearing on national television to complain about the excesses of corrupt officials has himself now been targeted with fresh criminal investigations. Back in November, Olim Sulaimanov provoked a sensation with his appearance on the TV show Business Club, where ...

- EurasiaNet - US

New Year's nightclub gunman arrested in Turkey

ISTANBUL — Turkey's state run news agency says the gunman suspected of killing 39 people in a nightclub attack on New Year's Day has been arrested. Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen born in 1983, was caught at a hide-out in Istanbul on Jan. 16 after evading police for more than two weeks. The prosecutor demanded The ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Morgan Freeman Makes Surprise Cameo in Uzbek Film. Oh, Wait. No, He Doesn't.

Move over 'fake news', here come 'fake trailers'.

- Global Voices - US

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Flights Open New Chapter in Ties

A plane carrying paying customers, officials and reporters completed the first commercial flight between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for the first time in 25 years, signaling a hopeful new chapter in the two countries' often-strained relations. The plane departed the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, at 10 a.m. on February 10 and ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: Anti-Terrorist Blockbuster Slated by Public

The recently released trailer for a film telling the story of militant Uzbek Islamist leaders Tahir Yuldashev and Juma Namangani has come in from criticism for its depiction of devout Muslims. The promotional preview for Sacred Desire, a production by state film company Uzbekfilm, promises an action-packed melodrama ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan Dreams of Its Own Silicon Valley

Officials in Uzbekistan are reportedly looking into ways of developing a domestic innovation sector and create the country's own Silicon Valley. Russian state-run news website Sputnik has cited an official with the IT and Communications Development Ministry as saying an innovation center could be set up within a free ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: Performers Told to Cut It Out With the Raunchy Stuff

While a mood of permissiveness has descended over some sections of Uzbekistan's entertainment business, performers are still being warned to remain on their guard. The head of the state-run Uzbeknavo performance agency, Odilbek Abdukahharov, told Uzbek newspaper Zhamiyat that any artists who post pictures or videos of a ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Western Fingerprints on Uzbek Crime Racket

Tashkent wants nearly $1 billion in frozen assets back, but the state is complicit in the original corruption.

- The Diplomat - US

Uzbekistan: Rap Emerges From Under Unofficial Ban

There was a time in Uzbekistan when hip-hop got a bad rap for being insufficiently traditional and was de facto prohibited from the public scene. Going by a student festival that took place last month, however, officials appear to have changed their tune. The World Through Student Eyes' festival hosted, among other things, ...

- EurasiaNet - US