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A Trojan Horse In The Uzbek State: Who Let Asimov To The Seat Of Authority?

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 00:21

They say that there is a country in the world where the most important state decisions are made by tossing a coin. This explanation is the only possible one for those who try to understand the processes occurring today in Uzbekistan and simultaneously to pacify the protests in their consciousness.


But citizens are satisfied with the state, and they even respect their authoritarian president for such “objectivity and impartiality” of his solutions. In this wonderful country, they are afraid of only one thing: choosing a new governor.


The choice of a ruler is a painful but inevitable step for Uzbekistan. But no one knows when that moment will come. Therefore, the question “When?” does not lose its relevance either before the presidential elections, or in between them. It remains relevant both when the current president, 78-year-old Islam Karimov takes a lot of air time on television, and when he is suspiciously rarely shown on the TV channels.


This point of expectations is added acuity by the rumors about Karimov's possible successor. The English-language Western press names Rustam Azimov – Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, who is also head of the Complex on macroeconomic development, structural changes, attracting foreign investment and integrated development of the territories, and Minister of Finance of Uzbekistan.


This news has puzzled the Uzbeks even more than the appearance of Azimov in the Uzbek seat of authority. His reputation is so dirty that even the people's faith in the authority of tossed coins cannot explain the unexplainable rise of Asimov to the budget trough of the country.


Azimov's image of an antihero was formed back in the Soviet years, when he headed the Komsomol organization of the Tashkent State University. There he received his first (historical) education; then he worked as a secretary of the Party Committee, later – as an associate professor at the Party School. At the same time, he was becoming closer to the security bodies, and showing promises to become an agent of the KGB. However, the Soviet Union collapsed, and Asimov's undercover talents were needed overseas. Here his pathological fear of rapprochement with Russia was brought to the clinical form. Its symptoms are today manifested in the suicidal politic decisions Asimov makes as the chief economic strategist Uzbekistan.


After graduating from Oxford University and being trained by the Western intelligence services, Azimov clung tenaciously to the seat of authority after repatriation, namely to its most well-fed part – the state budget of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Maybe Karimov was the first to see the habits of the young predator, and so he decided to “keep the enemy in sight.” In addition, Azimov paid for his progress with the money of his Western curators. This money appeared and disappeared in the relevant accounts in the form of loans from the Asian Development Bank and other international financial institutions.


But these mysterious machinations are not what frightens the Uzbek people. Neither is the personal $4-billion capital of the government deputy chairman that appeared from nowhere. Karimov's daughter, Gulnara, spilled the beans, while Asimov publicly says that there were and are no billionaires in Uzbekistan. And it's not even Asimov's outrageous on-screen lie about the “robust middle class, which allows us to have a stable budget surplus and rapidly develop the industrial and social infrastructure.” Hearing this, ordinary Uzbeks who barely survive on the average monthly wage of $50 just spit in their TV screens.


Uzbekistan is scares by a different thing. It is shaking from the thought that a US protege may come to power, who will turn the country into a training ground for their Western breadwinners.


After all, it was Asimov on whom Secretary of State John Kerry and so-called leader of the Uzbek opposition abroad (“People's Movement of Uzbekistan”) Muhammad Salih placed their bets on in an unofficial conversation back in 2014, when they held a meeting against the background of rumors about the deteriorating health of President Karimov.


Going through the hell millstones of the western treatment, Saleh is well aware that if a US protege does not come to power in Uzbekistan, the country will witness an outbreak of riots paid-for by the West. At once, there will stir up the terrorist gangs, extremist groups, the Afghan Taliban, mercenaries of the LIH, the IMU, etc. Together with Secretary of State Kerry's statements that the United States should not give the LIH “neither time to regroup, nor place where to run, nor refuge where to hide,” it all can result in military operations in the territory of intractable Uzbekistan. Therefore, Muhammad Salih, who lives in the West, has been for years convincing the Uzbek people that the US base in Khanabad should be preserved, because this is a way for the Uzbek people to get familiar with the US.


Closure of the Khanabad base became one of Karimov's few proper decisions as president. As a political survivor, he sees very well the consequences of the Western presence in Georgia, Ukraine and in neighboring Afghanistan. He remembers all too well the US response to the Andijan events, which became a litmus test for the evaluation of the reaction of the West to protection of the independence and integrity of Uzbekistan.


Karimov, who is simultaneously sitting on two chairs – pro-Russian and pro-American – has long been the pain in the neck of the West due to his eastern cunning. Thanks to this flexibility, the old but still very clever politician Karimov manages to compete very well with younger ones who have not passed the “Soviet” school of candidates into power. Therefore, for the US Azimov is the last hope and guarantee of a pro-Western political course in this Central Asian country, which is intended for implementation of the global US geopolitical scenarios.


Placing their bets on Asimov, whom the Uzbek people categorically rejects, the US is deliberately provoking a civil unrest. At a time when the country is divided into historical areas, each of which may declare its autonomy (like Karakalpakstan) because of the clan interests, the state will collapse by itself.


Even those Uzbeks who are most distant from political debates openly say they do not tolerate Azimov as a presidential candidate. Deputy Chairman of the Government is increasingly often accused of boasting his “western character,” rejecting the Uzbek traditions and culture, being shy of his country and its poor people, whom he and others similar pro-American politicians have pushed over the edge.


People say that when Azimov comes to power in Uzbekistan, the country will be doomed to repeat the fate of Ukraine. The script of the American presence is the same in the former Soviet republics. The US will stop at nothing in an attempt to gain a foothold in the region. If the Uzbeks interfere with this, there will be no more Uzbeks in Uzbekistan. Even today, thanks to the personal contribution of Asimov and his pro-Western “economic reforms,” about two million unemployed Uzbeks roam neighboring Russia in search of work.


It is not known how the ancient people will perish, because the arsenal of the US Government includes the time-tested agents: corrupt politicians from among the Western fosterlings, strife, terrorism, religious extremism, drug trafficking, famine and sanctions, as well as lots of other effective tools to drive out the indigenous people of the country.


The US government has a very large experience in extermination of aborigines. Once they very efficiently cleared the American land from them in the name of the same democracy, for which people trapped in the House of Trade Unions were burnt alive in Ukrainian Odessa. So, the Uzbek citizens are currently afraid of the American democracy more than their ancestors were afraid of the plague in the Middle Ages.


The land freed from the Uzbeks, whom the West does not believe to be people, will be crawling with the NATO, which will deploy its missile defense systems, steamrolling the land that was once Uzbekistan.


Here the US will obtain what they are looking for: their training area, military bases, transport channels, and hungry slaves whom the US will sometimes feed, so that the slaves do not lose their gratitude to those who have given them the democracy. After all, the huge natural resources in the region will guarantee the US absolute freedom as a military force opposed to Russia and China. And when all this happens, no one will remember about Rustam Azimov or his puppet role in this terrible story – just like today no one remembers who was the first to sell Ukraine to the West.


Uzbekistan has a different way out. And the Uzbek people have a different candidate. And while the tossed coin is still hovering in the air – contrary to the laws of physics, there is still some time to think whether Uzbekistan needs Azimov, who does not need Uzbekistan?

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