by Nathan Hamm on 10/31/2005 · 2 comments

First the good news… Yelene Urlaeva is out of the psychiatric hospital where she was held against her will for the obvious insanity of,

…publishing a cartoon of the national emblem of Uzbekistan and for being in possession of material that criticized the regime of Uzbek President Islam Karimov.

Cartoon of the national emblem? I must remember never to wear my Peace Corps shirt in Uzbekistan (though it’s quite subtle).

But in bad news, Sanjar Umarov is (no surprises here) still in prison. Local media outlets in Tennessee spoke with his family.

Indira Umarova plans to travel to Tashkent on Sunday to see her husband of 28 years, despite the fears of her family, she said Friday night. She is taking the two young daughters, she said.

“I need to be at the side of my husband,” she said.

The daughters are US citizens.

The Sunshine Uzbekistan blog has a number of new posts on the story, including letters from Umarov’s lawyer and a translated story from Delovaya Nedelya.

Craig Murray has posted an article on Umarov to his website, while RFE/RL reports on these and other detentions in Uzbekistan.

Reuters reports on a search of Sunshine Uzbekistan’s offices and talks to Nigara Khidoyatova.

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Curzon October 31, 2005 at 10:53 pm

So are you and Murray buddies now? Or at least fighting on the same side?

Nathan October 31, 2005 at 11:30 pm

Well, I’m not going to disagree for the sake of disagreeing, if that’s what you’re asking. I still disagree with much of his politics, but I’ve got nothing against pointing out what he’s got to say. (And yes, he and I more or less are fighting on the same side, but our reasons for doing so are surely different.)

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