The Uzbek community has one of the largest Asian communities in the capital. Even during the crisis last year, the Uzbek migrant workers in Russia remitted more than 3 billion dollars (and it used to be, and 5.5 listed). Amid rumors of the death of the Uzbek President, the correspondent of “MK” asked living in Moscow Uzbeks, what they think about Islam Karimov.
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President: he is very authoritative, ” says Galia, 39 years, Manager. In the early 2000’s we had riots by extremists. Then, Karimov went on television and said that it is impossible to give them the will that we increase the number of special forces and democracy will be a little “cover”. The mentality of our people is that we will not give, there is no democracy, we do not understand, only stick. I remember when I heard it, I was offended. How so?! And then, when I grew older, I began to understand that this is true. His hard hand, as regards the preservation of the state, that’s right. As for the economy. We have such a feature that we can for decades to economize on everything, but do very big holidays. Weddings are celebrated very noisy, invited 300, 400 people. The main thing is to throw dust in the eyes. And at the time, the President said that no more than 50 people at the wedding, no more than one sheep, so that people could live normally and not spend your life in preparation for the holidays, in all themselves deny.
— I used to think that we are all wrong, all bad, says Alex cook, 60 years. But I traveled a lot in different countries of the former Soviet Union and began to understand how much has been achieved through our President. What strength it took for him to raise our country from the ruins after the collapse of the Union. Tashkent now you do not know those who were there five years ago. The attitude of the people was not hard. More to the officials.
— This person is very notable person in the history of Uzbekistan, — says Kamil, 49 years old, lawyer. Someone saw in him the habits of a dictator, but I don’t think so, because in order to build a democratic state, it takes years. And the transition should be gradual, not revolutionary, but evolutionary. But in the beginning, after the collapse of the Union, of course, needed a firm hand.
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