Moscow’s Growing Influence in Uzbekistan May Lead to Revival of Punitive Use of Psychiatry Against Dissidents
August 2 – Moscow’s increasing influence in Uzbekistan, including the possible
opening of two new Russian bases there and the construction of an atomic power
plant Moscow would insist on guarding may soon lead to a revival of one of the
most horrific features of the regime of the late Islam Karimov – the punitive
use of psychiatry against dissidents.
is the judgment of Dzhamshid Karimov, who was confined in psychiatric prisons
for more than a decade under the former Uzbekistan president but survived
because doctors were afraid that Islam Karimov notorious for changing his mind
might punish them if Dzhamshid, a distant relative, were to die (ru.krymr.com/a/uzbekistan-punitive-psychiatry/29400477.html).
Islam Karimov, Dzhamshid tells Kseniya Kirillova of Radio Svoboda, almost all
dissidents were confined to psychiatric prisons for several months or more.
Some became invalids, others ended their protests, and many emigrated.All expected that with Islam Karimov’s death
this evil practice would end forever.
those hopes have been dashed, he says, both by what Moscow’s occupation forces
have done in Crimea – many Crimean Tatars were deported to Uzbekistan and Uzbeks
still keep track of their travails – and by the increasing rapprochement of new
Uzbekistan President Shavkat Shirziyoyev with Moscow.
is much talk in Tashkent now that Moscow will build an atomic power plant in
Uzbekistan and then insist on providing the guards for it and that Moscow will
open one or two new military bases in Uzbekistan, Dzhamshid says. Moreover, sources say that the personal guard
of the new Uzbekistan president has been vetted by the Russian FSB.
clear indication of Russia’s power in Uzbekistan is that Russian connections
saved the notorious Rustam Inoyatov, the former head of Uzbekistan’s National
Security Service, from being arrested and tried for his crimes, including the use
of illegal psychiatric punishment of dissidents.
all this, Dzhamshid suggests, it would not be surprising if the new Uzbekistan
leadership would restore the practices of the Karimov regime in this area,
however much progress it may have made in others.As for himself, the dissident, says, he plans
to leave Uzbekistan as soon as possible.