In the second issue of our journal, an interview was published with a professor, doctor of historical sciences, a member of the scientific council of the Carnegie Moscow Center, a specialist in Islam Alexey Malashenko. Then he was asked the question: how real is the aggravation of the situation in the countries of Central Asia, and in which of which the next “color revolution” can occur? The professor then called Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as the most problematic countries. At the same time, he did not expect widespread unrest in Uzbekistan in the near future, since there “the government has not yet exhausted itself”. Partially, our interlocutor made a correct forecast. We have seen how “self-exhausted” power has been. He made a mistake only in terms, and it is still not known whether there was a provocation in Andijan - the alignment of forces in Central Asia changed too clearly and openly after these events, the foreign policy of Uzbekistan changed too dramatically. As for Turkmenistan, I will quote Malashenko’s words: “... and, paradoxically, I can foresee some kind of“ explosion ”in Turkmenistan after the death of Turkmenbashi. Turkmen society is very similar to Afghan rigidity and conservatism. And they will need some kind of ideology after Niyazov leaves. I personally can not imagine what!? There is no democracy, no nationalism. It remains archaic Islam, which from everyday life for some time can break into a political ... ". That is why we are opening this issue with two materials of our Turkmen colleagues, in which the authors are trying to predict the situation in this country, based on today's realities.
On the eighth page of the journal, the author from Tajikistan talks about the problems that have recently been encountered by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Sughd region of the country. It is likely that this is by no means an initiative of the Sogdian authorities. So, for example, Vladimir Putin, during his last visit to Finland, quite clearly stated once again that he would not tolerate financing political activities of nongovernmental organizations by foreign funds in Russia. But another question - what to call political activity. Human rights and criticism of the repressive actions of the authorities towards their citizens - is this not a politician? What does the Russian leader prepare for public opinion? To the fact that our rights will be protected by those who violate them or will the same security structures protect us from the arbitrariness of the security forces? The same, only on a large scale, and we have repeatedly written about this, today it is happening in Kazakhstan. There, the authorities are also trying to control the activities of NGOs, even such seemingly peaceful ones as the Red Cross. All this can be called an attempt to impose upon the citizens their own understanding of democracy, a kind of self-defense against possible “color revolutions”. Observing such manipulations with NGOs, it seems that Putin views the countries of the region as a kind of “testing ground” for working out his own political technologies and determining the reaction to them of various sectors of society.
And finally, the last. On the seventh page, the editors found it possible to put in a separate note the material about skinheads who killed a Tajik girl and who have not yet been convicted. For comparison, I will explain that the trial of the Limonov national-bolshevik, who, albeit rudely and inconsiderately, but notice that, without any victims, expressed their protest against Putin’s policy is going on at a “quick pace”. Young National Bolsheviks may well sit "behind bars" for years only because, in the public reception of the president, by the way, for the purpose created, they told this very president what they sincerely think about him. The case immediately went into the category of political and the sentence is likely to be passed very soon. In our case, the fascist “scumbags” (I don’t know what to call them yet) beat the people and killed the child just because they “did not have” the right nationality. The trial of them has been going on since February of last year. So which of them is Putin’s regime more lenient? And why?