While Uzbekistan state television is ranting about how rock music is from the devil , now neighboring Turkmenistan is taking cultural control drastic steps further and has arrested two young Turkmen pop singers. One of them, who goes by the name Ma-Ro has attracted as many as 10,000-20,000 views for dozens of his tunes on the video-sharing site Youtube -- despite strict government controls over the Internet.
Maksat (Maro) Karakbayev and Murad Ovezov were summoned to the Interior Ministry on January 28 and sentenced to 15 days of jail for giving an interview to a Turkish TV channel, TMB, the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights reports.
After they were interrogated, anyone who was filmed in music videos with the two performers was also summoned for questioning; the round-up included a pregnant woman.
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