The theme of this issue was espionage, gradually introduced by our states to the rank, if not of state policy, then in any case, into one of the most effective instruments of government.
Middle-aged people remember very well the time when slogans, such as “Chatterbox is a godsend for a spy” and TV series, such as “TASS is authorized to announce” and about a resident who then goes somewhere, then comes back somewhere, who chained to the screens almost half the country.
However, it has long been noted that espionage develops only when the authorities need it. This is also the fierce anti-Soviet hysteria after the Second World War in the West, this is also the USSR, whose secrets someone was constantly going to kidnap. All this has already happened and all this comes back again.
It is interesting that this situation is relevant not only for the countries of Central Asia, but also for Russia (remember the Russian-Georgian and Russian-British spy scandals) and many other CIS countries. Moreover, it is not known who is teaching whom spy mania is Russia - Central Asian states or vice versa.
In fact, the “witch hunt” has always been a state PR action, and aimed at its own people, so to speak, “for domestic consumption,” since the world community has long been “not bought” for such techniques. Yes, and what terrible military or technical secrets may be, for example, from Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan, which would not be known to the Russian General Staff or the American Pentagon. Or have they appeared in the last 15 years? Hardly ... And non-governmental organizations? How real are the fears that they are able to change the political regime in Uzbekistan? Very unrealistic.
Simply, all this, first of all, is aimed at intimidation of one’s own people and serves as an odd and very effective way of punishing the recalcitrant. After all, if a person has nothing to show, you can easily sew espionage. There is, how to do it. The case of Umida Niyazova can serve as proof of this.