Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Exiled Uzbek Political Activist Shot Dead In Russia

Posted by Info on 27/09/2011

An Uzbek businessman and opposition People’s Movement of Uzbekistan (PMU) official Fuad Rustamkhojaev,38, was shot several times in the head and chest late on September 24 in front of his home in the western Russian city of Ivanovo.

He was active in the movement’s congress held in Berlin in May. In an address at the gathering he urged fellow Uzbeks to unite against the “dictatorship” in their homeland.
Rustamkhojaev had been approached about a month ago by officers from Uzbekistan’s National Security Service who physically threatened him if he continued his political activities.

About 20 people representing the Erk opposition party, the Andijon — Justice and Revival group, and the Tayanch organization, joined to form the PMU at a meeting in Duesseldorf, Germany from May 2-4, while the movement’s constituent assembly was held in Berlin in May 25 with some 60 activists attending.

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