The last two weeks have been saturated in Central Asia and throughout the post-Soviet space. It is enough, for example, to mention three summits (CIS, CSTO and EurAsEC) held in Dushanbe. Russian politicians do not get tired of refusing to be attacked by the Western press, which is increasingly insisting on Moscow’s attempts to create a military-political bloc to oppose NATO. Apparently here the Kremlin does not prevaricate. The political - perhaps even very, military - is very doubtful. It is hard to imagine a rival of NATO, Russia, as a major player in these political formations, whose entire annual budget is hardly comparable with only one US military budget - the main participant of the North Atlantic alliance. Experts believe that the entire military component of the Dushanbe negotiations of the leaders of the CIS countries is exclusively in the arms trade. Thus, the parties adopted a document on the delivery of Russian weapons to state parties at domestic prices. It is not known whether it is necessary for Central Asian countries, as the leaders of some of them have recently stated that “the world didn’t come together” and the military equipment of western production is no worse, but Russia certainly needs it. Arms trade for this country is just as stable a source of income as energy trade (in principle, there is nothing more to export) and it would be a shame to give the whole region at the mercy of its competitors.
The Russian Human Rights Center “Civic Assistance” prepared a report for exploring the European Union “Expulsion of refugees as a way to imitate the fight against terrorism”. In this report, employees of the center cite facts of expulsion of Uzbek political refugees to Uzbekistan by Russian FSB officers. It should be noted that this practice is widespread in Russia today very widely. The Uzbek side, in fact, can claim from Russia any of its own citizens and representatives of the latter go for it without question.
At the same time, an election campaign is continuing in Uzbekistan itself, and the most recent, apart from already five certain candidates, is Islam Karimov who has entered the race. Who in the election race will officially lead, experts do not even doubt.