The recent arrest of environmental activist Andrei Zatoka in Turkmenistan showed once again where we all come from and how close the concept of our, post-Soviet authorities about civil society and the role of the people as such in public and political life. In all countries, they have found and continue to find methods for eliminating all those who have a different opinion from the state. And for the authorities it does not matter whether a political opponent is in front of them, a journalist who allows himself to express his opinion, whether he is an ecologist involved in the protection of animals. All alternately declared criminals - spies, drug addicts, rapists and others. So it was with Nikitin, Duvanov, Pasko, Sutyagin, Sharipov. And these cases, as a birthmark marks our power.
In Turkmenistan, all these methods of repressive measures against dissent have taken the most ugly forms. Let us quote from the Resolution of the Khalk Maslakhaty, the supreme body of state power of Turkmenistan, “On declaring certain non-legal actions as treason to the Motherland, as well as on penalties for traitors to the Motherland,” where the desire to sow people’s doubts in the domestic and foreign policy pursued by the first and permanent President of Turkmenistan, the Great Saparmurat Turkmenbashi, ... and also attempts to cause a contradiction between the people and the state "... and also:" awareness and failure to report such actions. Any doubt! And failure to report - already treason. And the punishment is from 25 years to life. Of course, it is not always possible to prove “the desire to sow doubt”, to get testimony ... that's what the Turkmen authorities and KGB officers are forced to take in advance. They simply eliminate one by one potential "doubters". And even if there is no evidence of their disloyalty, nothing, it does not matter. They are able to doubt and sow such doubts. And this is enough, and the article is always there. Last year, a famous writer and his relatives were accused of smuggling ... of their book. This year, journalists were accused of storing ammunition. Before that, there were cases of drug flashing, accusations of fraud, financial crimes. And all - in relation to civil society activists. There is no need to talk about political opponents - they all received life sentences, and those who managed to escape abroad received the same terms in absentia.
And all this reminds us all that not too far we have gone from the time of the Gulag and a return there is quite possible. It is enough to remember how long it took Stalin to wind down the entire economic, cultural, and social diversity of the NEP times to the most terrible tyranny. And how long it took for Niyazov's metamorphosis from the notebook "perestroika", the declarative democrat and Gorbachev's supporter to the image of a militant nationalist and the most odious dictator of the modern world. Just a few years.
To everyone who wants to help the release of Andrei Zatoka, we inform the personalities and coordinates of the new authorities of Turkmenistan. Send treatment!
Acting President of Turkmenistan,
Presidential Palace, 744000, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan,
Fax: + 993 12 35 51 12
Appeal: Dear Mr. Acting
President of Turkmenistan
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
Prospect Makhtumkuli, 83, 744000, Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan,
Fax: + 993 12 35 42 41
E-mail: [email protected]
Appeal: Dear Mr. Minister