Among some 18-month-old children, such a game is common: they close their own eyes with their palms, and when they remain in complete darkness, they shout: “But you don’t see me!” They think that the tighter they press their palms, the stronger the effect of their invisibility.
Most of the presidents of the CIS countries, this game lasts for many years. And if in Soviet times this was explained by the ideological mystery of the CPSU, and people living in the Soviet Empire should know about events in their country and in the world only within the framework of ideological workers and secretaries of the Central Committee, then the leaders of the current independent states act exclusively within their education.
Ten years ago (he saw) at the Ashgabat airport, customs officers seized all the newspapers that the passengers of the Moscow flight had rashly grabbed with them. The plane neighbor warned me: leave the Moskovsky Komsomolets here, do not take it with you, they will still be taken away. The remaining half an hour before planting, I thought that such a strange can be printed in this yellow newspaper, that it cannot be imported into the country at that time as a place of "universal welfare" like a bird flu-infected bird.
Turkmen friends explained: the point is not “MK”, but the fact that articles can be printed there, where, God forbid, there will be a critic of Turkmenbashi. It is strange that such a critical could write about this country? Why criticize, you can simply set out the content of a three-hour live broadcast from a government meeting, and that’s all. To convey the glitter in the eyes of Turkmenbashi, the minister chastising as the last kid from the neighboring court. Or the smell of the same minister, who had become sweaty from fear, who cursed everything in those moments for being born in the sands of the Karakum.
In full earnest, Turkmenbashi was afraid of the influence of the Moscow borzopistvs, who had become impudent during the time of Boris Yeltsin, got into the habit of writing about human rights and the dictatorial manners of Saparmurat Atamuratovich Niyazov, reincarnated into a simplist with the meekly nickname Turkmenbashi and painting gray hair, the old pattern and red hair of the Turkmenbashi and gray hair, gray hair, retired in a simplicity with the meek nickname Turkmenbashi and painting gray hair, the old ladies with the melodious nickname Turkmenbashi and gray gray hair, gray hair, old fashioned nansing song of Turkmenbashi and gray hair, gray hair, reincarnated in a simplicity Turkmenbashi believed that, having deprived its population of foreign newspapers, the filed will love it forever ...
A follower of Turkmenbashi (no offense will be said) - the president of Uzbekistan restores what he began in the early years of his rule. He has long tossed between different models of democracy - from Chinese to Turkish, but to no avail. In 2001, September 11 happened, and Islam Abduganievich became a supporter of the universal struggle against international terrorism. He even sent American troops into his country, which greatly annoyed V.V. Putin's
At that time, many experts naively believed, including me, that the presence of the “Yankee” would help Karimov to choose the right attitude towards democracy and freedom of speech. He even allowed international human rights organizations to appear in Tashkent and looked through the fingers at the activities of local registered and unregistered human rights activists.
But the residents of the second (after Turkmenistan) paradise on earth rejoiced not for long. They learned to watch BBC and CNN, retell the content of Euronews news, dig in the Internet, listen to Radio Liberty and Deutsche Welle. Then Karimov realized that he had missed the moment, leaving the journalists, "slandering" uncontrollable, not from the pages of the toothless Uzbek press, but on the air of foreign media.
It seems there are laws in Uzbekistan, in which everything is written - how, why, when and why, and these laws, from the point of view of lawyers, are quite decent. But on February 24, the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan adopted a resolution “On the approval of the Basic Rules governing the professional activities of foreign media correspondents,” in the first lines of which it was written why it appeared - “in order to create the necessary conditions for foreign media correspondents to implement their professional activities in the Republic of Uzbekistan. ”
Very beautiful words are “necessary conditions”, but it would not have been the authorities of Uzbekistan if they had not come up with such dirty tricks: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan ... can warn or terminate its accreditation ahead of time,” “Accredited foreign correspondents are forbidden to call for forced change the existing constitutional order, the violation of the territorial integrity of the Republic of Uzbekistan, propagandizing war and violence, cruelty, national, racial and religious hatred, and interventions in the internal affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan ".
Firstly, according to the laws of the country, it’s not the Foreign Ministry “that can stop accreditation”, but the court. Secondly, who can vouch for the fact that some official who has been drunk on the morning of Kok-tea, in any article relating to the events in Andijan, does not have a call for "forcibly changing the existing constitutional order." Uzbekistan closes its borders for all who, at least in some way, are not responsible to the authorities in their actions. So, the UNHCR is being driven out of the country, suspecting them of excessive humanity towards Uzbek refugees. The authorities do not explain their actions, but they unambiguously hint, and in these hints there is a terrible shout - “Silence!”.