Breaking: Uzbekistan is a brutal, torturous dictatorship

by Joshua Foust on 12/21/2007 · 4 comments

karimov-clap.jpgPearls of wisdom from Islam Karimov:

  • “Such people must be shot in the forehead. If necessary, I’ll shoot them myself”
  • “I’m prepared to rip off the heads of 200 people in order to save the republic”
  • “The OSCE focuses only on establishment of democracy, the protection of human rights and the freedom of the press. I am now questioning these values”

Naturally, it is no surprise at all that not only will the election this weekend be little more than a guessing game of which fraction of a percent wasn’t counted as voting for Karimov’s blatantly illegal third term (his second actually ended in January), but that Karimov’s government has a penchant for mailing home the mutilated bodies of those unfortunate souls who were caught in the security sweeps and tortured to death.

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Brian December 21, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Any bets on the percent that “officially” votes for Karimov? Let’s do it Price is Right style: get as close to the percentage without going over.

My money’s on 75%


The turnout is over 80%

Joshua Foust December 21, 2007 at 1:42 pm

I’m hoping he can beat the 95% split.

Nathan December 21, 2007 at 6:21 pm

I’ll go with 92% with 85% turnout.

Admiral December 21, 2007 at 6:28 pm

You’d think that Starfleet would have a better read on it as we are in the future and all, but it’s the whole butterfly effect you see…

96.5% with turnout of 76%

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