Uzbek Jailed for Spying in Tajikistan

by Nathan Hamm on 8/7/2006 · 1 comment

If they keep this up, all Uzbeks will soon be living in Tajik jails and all Tajiks will be living in Uzbek ones.

Tajikistan’s Asia Plus today says the Sugdh regional court also ruled that the belongings of the 43-year-old defendant — whose name it gave as Yori Yaqubov, a resident of the central Uzbek city of Yangiyer — should be confiscated.

The panel found Yaqubov guilty of giving Uzbekistan classified economic and political information about Tajikistan.

The report says that this is the fourth Uzbek to sentenced for espionage in Tajikistan.

For background on the Uzbek arrests of Tajiks on espionage charges, as well as an interesting comment on another possible effect of poor relations between the two neighbors, see this post.

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Brian August 8, 2006 at 8:33 am

I don’t know if this is typical or whatnot, but I took a flight a few days ago from Bangkok to Tashkent on Uzbek Airways, and the plane made a bizarre U-turn in the last hours to seemingly fly around Tajik airspace to get into Tashkent (as shown on the video screen). It probably added ~30 minutes to the flight time.

Has the Tajik government revoked permission for Uzbek commercial airplanes to fly over Tajik airspace?

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