The Chill Hits The Street

by Nathan Hamm on 8/3/2005 · 2 comments

While it’s nothing new to mention that the Uzbek government pressures some Christian denominations, most of that pressure has been reserved for Uzbek citizens. With the chill in US-Uzbek relations, official pressure and harassment is now being felt by expats.

We are also aware of an expatriate that was brought in for questioning. He was accussed of “religious activity.” When the expatriate asked why he was now being questioned when the government had been aware of his activities for a long while their reply was, “Well, relations with the US are not as good now as they were before.”

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dave walther August 5, 2005 at 3:07 am

does anybody have more info on this? i’m very interested in this, and i’m in siberia right now so i can’t just call someone and ask.

this could mark a very, very serious change… i would level a guess that the majority of americans living in uzbekistan are there on religious terms… though they do a lot of other stuff too. (mostly good).

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