It would seem that something new could happen in the post-Soviet space after the Russian-Georgian espionage scandal, when it suddenly turned out that one CIS country was carrying out some kind of intelligence (the Georgians claimed to be sabotage) activity. It turned out that the number of security officers in the post-Soviet space, fighting with each other, is much more than we suspect. And the desire to spy is much stronger than to swear in love at the CIS summits.
Last Friday, news agencies broke the news: in Uzbekistan, five people were sentenced to terms ranging from 15 to 20 years for spying for Tajikistan. As a REGNUM correspondent was told, on November 17 at the Board of the Military Court of Uzbekistan, “the court found guilty of treason against the state of the citizens of Uzbekistan Nargiz Mukhammadiyeva and Abdugappar Menglikulova, of the espionage of the citizens of Tajikistan Nargiz Poyanov and Suray Saminova, as well as a stateless person Hudodul Abdulava According to the representative of the military court, the convicted person is charged with “collecting information about the presence of military units in the border areas of Uzbekistan, their numbers and combat equipment.”
“In addition, one of the convicts was particularly interested in representatives of the“ opposition, ”the activities of religious extremist forces and factions in the country,” said the court. “The court established the degree of guilt of all defendants and appointed them a punishment commensurate with the crimes committed,” said the military court.
There is a large number of questions. First, the number of Tajik Hari and Stirlitz mats: according to the report, as many as three women from the whole team of four participated in espionage activities. Secondly: what was presented in court as an evidence base - satellite communications equipment, encryption and decoders, or at the very least microchips implanted by these ladies? It would also be very interesting to find out whether, for example, the burqa was used, as English, Russian and other spies did in the XVII-XVIII centuries, when they collected information about Central Asia?
This is not the first time that the Uzbek heirs of Felix Dzerzhinsky are detained, as reported by the Tashkent media, Tajik agents. In principle, the Tajik authorities also periodically accuse their “colleagues” of subversive activities. It would seem that more recent fellow students in KGB schools and other secret institutions are now using their knowledge against each other, knowing in advance who is capable of what.
If this happened in the distance from each other for many thousands of kilometers, when highly economically and politically developed countries defended their interests from the penetration of agents trying to destroy technological processes, for example, in the development of electronics, or, at worst, in the struggle for competition in the production of juicers, then it would be all clear. But this happens between two countries that are in the same geopolitical space, called the CIS, and having one “big brother” called the Kremlin.
But look in the Internet and you will see that there are no countries in the world so closely spaced (I would dare say - related) that so often would not report a new spy conspiracy against each other. It seems that the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, entangled in three-layer barbed wire, lack air links between the two countries only provoke the Cheka heirs: they continue to search among those who accidentally penetrated or permanently lived in their countries who accidentally saw something, accidentally told something to his relatives, and he also told someone at the wedding how many warehouses with nuclear warheads are located on opposite sides of the border and how many squadrons of heavy bombers stand on airfields with fired motors to hit the targets of the "enemy".
I would not be surprised if the National Security Service of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of National Security of Tajikistan will create a naval force to repel the intrigues of enemy submarines, and special forces will be created in the Kyzyl Kum spaces, tracking missile launches with Tajik electronic reconnaissance satellites ...
The most interesting thing is that this hysteria has been going on since 1993, from the very time when a citizen of Uzbekistan, Colonel Alexander Shishlyannikov was appointed Minister of Defense of Tajikistan (by the way, in 2003, Lieutenant General A.V. Shishlyannikov was a teacher at the Academy of the Armed Forces, a former minister of Tajikistan’s defense was accused by Uzbek Chekists of spying for Russia). But then there was a gap in friendly relations, and the Tajik authorities considered that the location of the Uzbek military, as well as the use of Uzbek aviation, in bombarding Tajik villages was no longer necessary.
Apparently, Tashkent considered himself offended: it is necessary, they helped the current government, assembled military vehicles and other equipment at the Termez cemetery, and Dushanbe now refuses to be friends. In response, Uzbekistan enveloped the border with barbed wire, mined the mountain gorges, and began to invent unacceptable conditions for the passage of road and rail transport.
Then there was an act of aggression, when in 1998 the units of the escaped colonel Mahmud Khudoberdyev attacked the northern regions of Tajikistan. He was defeated and hiding, as they say in Dushanbe, still in Uzbekistan. Since then, sophisticated espionage and information warfare has been fought. How much she really is spy is unknown, because it makes it difficult to figure out the information war. Therefore, one has to believe what the agencies report with reference to officials.
If someone still does not believe that the CIS is a strange military-political structure, then look at the Internet messages, you will get the impression that this is not happening between two members of the CIS, SCO, OSCE and other abbreviations that declare peace in their documents and the friendship of its members.
True, there is nothing written about ambitions ...