Some neighboring countries of Kyrgyzstan quickly made conclusions for themselves from the latest Kyrgyz events and have already taken certain measures. In Kazakhstan, for example, the authorities hastily proceeded to check all non-governmental foreign organizations whose headquarters are in the United States and those whose funding comes from American sources. This caused a discussion in the Kazakh media and can be found in our journal. Uzbekistan, as usual, "went its own way." First, according to Ozod Ovoz, after the events in Kyrgyzstan, the press of Uzbekistan, which until recently praised the United States, unexpectedly began to publish articles criticizing the policy of the United States. The author saw this as a specific order of the country's government. Of course, one would suspect the author of some distortion of facts, if it were not really a common practice of government relations with the media in Uzbekistan. It is likely that the government, therefore, is simply preparing public opinion (or what it considers “public opinion”) to tighten relations with the few NGOs that today operate in the country. Secondly, which is quite surprising, the authorities launched a criminal investigation against the Tashkent office of the American non-governmental organization Internews Network, suspecting that it violated legislation supporting local independent media. According to the head of the press service of the Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan Svetlana Artykova, at the end of February a criminal case was filed against the representation of the Internews Network under Article 190 “Doing Business Without a License”. An investigation is underway, but no specific individuals have been charged. Representatives of the Internews Network office in Tashkent say they have not seen official documents about the initiation of a criminal case, but the prosecutor’s office has, in fact, suspended their activities and blocked accounts. This is not the first attempt to create difficulties for the activities of this organization. Last year, the activity of the branch of the Internews-Uzbekistan branch of the Internews Network was suspended. And although today this department has resumed its work, last year’s incident may well be considered the “first call.”
Islam Karimov has already expressed his relative attitude towards the so-called “color revolutions” and even called on Western countries to refrain from financing those organizations that may be involved in them. However, he is unlikely to go to a frank "defeat" of NGOs that he does not like - he is too cautious and pragmatic politician for that. Most likely, the Uzbek leadership will gradually, gradually, limit, put under its control, and in some cases, prohibit the activities of such organizations altogether. Moreover, not all at once, but each separately, so that it is not too "striking." Prior to this, official Tashkent will teach that it will eventually happen to all interested parties.
Recall that the technology of this process has already been developed. In April last year, after the “revolution of roses” in Georgia, Uzbekistan was forced to close the office of the Soros Foundation Open Society Institute, although the Tashkent representatives of the Foundation convinced that they had no contact with the Uzbek opposition and, moreover, did not finance them.