Uzbekistan: British Embassy Staffer Fined by Court for Contact with Activists
A press secretary for the British Embassy in Uzbekistan has been fined $1,600 for meeting with Uzbek human rights advocates, fergananews.com, an independent Central Asian website reported yesterday.
Leonid Kudryavtsev, a citizen of Uzbekistan who has served for some time as an employee of the UK Embassy press and public liaison office, was charged under the Uzbek administrative code for "violation of procedure for organizations, conducting meetings, rallies, streets actions or demonstrations," punishable by fines or up to 15 days of arrest.
Judge S. N. Ashermatov of the Mirzo-Ulugbek District Court, the same judge who found guilty Abdumalik Boboyev, the Voice of America correspondent, also found Kudryavtsev guilty.
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