ARENA

by Nathan Hamm on 8/12/2005

ARENA has a few great articles up on the English section of their website.

This one discusses the attacks on the Sunshine Coalition and Ozod Dekhqonlar from c-asia.org. Interestingly, the website’s whois record lists addresses in Bishkek and Parsippany, New Jersey. I haven’t read too many of their articles, but it almost sounds as if the site can be put in the same category as nCa.

They also carry a story on the National Security Service’s assault on those affiliated with the Sunshine Coalition.

The story makes think that the president took revenge on those who dared to speak of reforms. In reality, it`s not quite as it seems. It`s known that today the security service acts as commercial structure in close coordination with the older daughter of the president Gulnara Karimova.

Attacking the successful businessmen in the country by joint forces, the “family” forces the to give away their business for nothing. In practice it looks like this: the company is being checked constantly, and is ruined by these checks, after which the owner is offered to sell it cheap, or it`s eliminated from the market. It`s worth to mention the closing of the most succesasful private bank of the country “Business Bank”, who faced the same procedure.

The Security Service transformed into parallel power, which is not controlled by anybody.


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