When state security forces opened fire on protestors in Andijan on May 13, 2005, killing hundreds, about 500 escaped and sought asylum outside of Uzbekistan. Fearing for the lives and well-being of their family members, for five years they did not speak out about the massacre. Now, some have broken the silence.
Daniel Schwartz has travelled and documented the Central Asian republics since the early years of their independence from the Soviet Union. His artistic book about the region Travelling Through the Eye of History captures the ancient allure of the old Silk Roads and the modern-day realities from Xinjiang province to the Caspian Sea, via Afghanistan. This event will be moderated by Steppe magazine associate editor Mitchell Albert.
In February this year, the Uzbek documentary-maker and photographer, Umida Akhmedova, was sentenced by a Tashkent court for “slandering the nation”. William Wheeler takes a closer look at the case.
Azerbaijan, the official newspaper of Azerbaijani Parliament (Milli Majlis) has published an article titled The Greatest Uzbek – a 3,000-word panegyric about Islam Karimov, the authoritarian leader of Uzbekistan. What is interesting about the article is an honest acknowledgement of darkest moments of his life, and his authoritarian style, and a sincere admiration with all […]