Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby scrimp » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:12 pm

I see that "three days of mourning" has been declared in Uzbekistan. Does anyone have a sense of what this will mean, practically? I arrive in Tashkent early morning Sunday and was supposed to move on to Samarkand Monday morning.
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby bwv812 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:06 am

I read a piece in the Graudian which helps explain some of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border issues some have reported, and which may bode ill for the immediate future.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/02/uzbekistan-uncertainty-death-dictator-islam-karimov wrote:As well as the internal situation, regional analysts say it is worth watching the situation on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Many ethnic Uzbeks live in southern Kyrgyzstan, where ethnic violence in 2010 led to more than 400 deaths. The situation on the border remains tense and in the past fortnight a standoff has developed over a disputed section of the border, with four Kyrgyz nationals detained and currently held in Uzbek jails. Kyrgyz officials fear any new Uzbek president might see the ethnic card as a good way to rally the nation.


There's also an interesting piece which gives an idea about regional politics, and which is more or less applicable to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and somewhat to Kazakhstan, I think.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/ ... uzbekistan
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby uzbekbound » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:43 am

Just wanted to provide an update for anyone coming to Uzbekistan in the relative future. I just arrived here a few days ago and everything on the tourist route seems business as usual... Nothing was closed as we had feared (except the bazaar in Samarkand) and we have been able to access wifi at our hotels.
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby steven » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:04 am

Succession is still in progress but my bet is on myrzyayev, a Karimov clone afaics. Embassies are open. I expect business as usual for the moment, only next year at the earliest will we be able to gauge the effect of the new leadership on tourism imo.
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby Lorence » Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:12 am

Two of us due to land in Samarkand on sept 16 with our bicycles and take a shared taxi to cross to Tajikistan Dushanbe. Already have all the necessary visas. Heading for Tursanzade border. Any updates on the situation in Uzbekistan or recent border closures? (Ive read all the info above and so far borders appear to still be open) Anyone in Samarkand at the moment can comment on the current vibe? Cheers!!
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby Leonie » Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:47 pm

We will also enter Uzbekistan from the land (shymkent-chernyaevka-Tashkent). We have a visa and plan to cross the border the 12th of September. Will this lead to any problems due to the recent events?
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby bwv812 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:28 am

Reports emerged this week that servicemen in Tajikistan, a country bordering Afghanistan and seen by the West and Russia as a possible conduit both for militant Islamists and drug runners, started receiving text messages on their mobile phones in the name of Gulmurod Khalimov.

In these messages, he promised to "congratulate" them on the 25th Independence Day anniversary which is celebrated on September 9.


https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160907/1 ... hreat.html
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby khojandi » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:43 pm

Seems like business as usual - just arrived in Tashkent today. Walked around and changed money. Even the currency exchange rate is pretty stable. No major changes compared with my previous visits.
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby Aleco » Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:54 am

I was quite near the Chinese embassy in the bomb day, but anyway was quite fine the city.

Btw I meet a traveller thst have crossed after the president death from Tashkent and was pretty ok, if I got it right....
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Re: Unrest in Central Asia - fall 2016 edition

Postby Osh2Tash » Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:20 pm

A little bit delayed but maybe still useful for others: we crossed the land border near Osh on Aug 29, flew out of Tashkent on Sept 4, and were in Samarkand to witness the Uzbek president state funeral on Sept 3. It was interesting to see the procession and carrying the coffin into the mosque, but, other than police everywhere (lots of checkpoints, no ability to bribe because everyone's boss's boss's boss was there), it was pretty much business as usual. Everything was closed the morning of Sept 3, but mostly open again by the evening. Trains ran on schedule, roads reopened, and everyone seemed a little unsettled but nothing really has changed.
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