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Uzbekistan Jails Woman for Spying for Tajikistan

The thaw between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan has not spelled an end to spy-mania.

In the first such instance since the death of the late, paranoid Uzbek president Islam Karimov, a court in Uzbekistan has sentenced a woman to 10-and-a-half years in jail on charges of spying for Tajikistan.

In the bad old days, all manner of people — from diplomats to prostitutes and businessmen to imams — got prison time in Uzbekistan for similar alleged offenses. It was common for the offenders to confess to their crimes on national television.

This time around the ax has fallen on a resident of Uzbekistan’s Syrdarya region, Alyona Kim, who was tried in a military court. She was accused of passing on state secrets and “causing harm to state security.”

According to details reported by RFE/RL’s Uzbek service, Radio Ozodlik, Kim worked for a time in Uzbekistan in the Interior Ministry. Later, she and a friend, Zula Halimova, got jobs in Tajikistan, working as waitresses in Khujand from 2004 to 2005. 

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