A Different Shift

by Nathan Hamm on 6/4/2005

I haven’t been paying too much attention to Russian statements on Andijon the past few days, but they seem to echo Uzbekistan’s minor climbdown on an investigation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged countries to share information on recent unrests in Uzbekistan, which took a high death toll.

“We do not want our countries to be attacked by terrorists. Therefore, we have repeatedly insisted on investigation into the situation in Uzbekistan,” Lavrov said.

Those “who wanted to take advantage of a difficult socioeconomic situation to achieve their political goals” contributed to the tragedy, according to the minister.

Lavrov hoped the parliamentary commission set up to inquire into the unrests in Andizhan, eastern Uzbekistan, would work efficiently.

Except, because Lavrov seems to be happy with the parliamentary investigation, this is even less of a change.

Anyhow, the third sentence I excerpted sounds like the most explanation put forward by Russia for the Andijon uprising that I’ve seen out of them yet.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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