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Written by on Wednesday, 12 February 2014
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At Last Friday police conducted a raid on one of the few remaining in Tashkent “informal clubs.” Visitors of the “Vertical World” bar were forced to take horizontal position by police.

“Vertical World” or “VM bar” – one of the oldest clubs in Tashkent, a shelter for the fans of rock music, extreme sportsmen, bikers and various marginals. Almost every day live rock music sounded here, bar was offering alcohol and guileless food. The club was founded about 10 years ago by a group of a few bikers.


Gig at the VM bar. Photo from VM bar’s page in Facebook

However, the image of this place has always been ambiguous. Many folks, especially intellectuals, had never visited it, because of inadequate and dumb security staff, as well as a big presence of a drunk people.

Nevertheless, as reported by eyewitnesses, February 7, on Friday, all the fans of “Vertical” were put into a horizontal position. Police raided the club, officers were both in uniform and civilian clothes, with dogs. Manager of the club, Yuri, was detained and visitors were questioned. The objectives of this raid are unknown.


These photo was made by an eyewitness on mobile phone and posted on Facebook

As reported by participants of this event, visitors have been released, and all the property of the club, including musical equipment belonging to third parties – confiscated. At the moment, the club does not work.

Regular visitors to the club believe that there can be two reasons for such action. Security guards, known for its brutality, were tactless with mysterious influential person; or authorities finally decided to remove VM in order to eliminate marginal nest in the center of Tashkent.

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