PMU’s Fuad Rustamkhojaev apparently assasinated
One of the most active members of the Uzbek opposition in excile, member of the People’s Movement of Uzbekistan (PMU) Fuad Rustamkhojaev, was assasinated on September 24th 2011.
As the Fergana Information Agency reports, the killers arrived in Ivanovo, a Western Russian town where the victim lived, by taxi and had a long and loud conversation with Rustamkhojaev. Gun shots were heard some time later.
According to the PMU, Fuad Rustamkhojaev, 38, was a Russian citizen since 2005, leaving Uzbekistan after the Andijan massacre that year. He participated in PMU’s congress in Berlin earlier this year. They also told the agency that a month ago NSS (National Security Committee of Uzbekistan) people visited his house and threatened to “physically erase” him in the case that Rustamkhojaev continues his political activity.
Muhammad Salih, the PMU Chairman, had this to say:
“We are outraged by this brutal murder. Karimov’s antihuman regime should know that he will not break our will to fight against him. The death of our brother will unite us stronger, increase the sense of righteousness of the path we have chosen. The criminal actions of the regime will only fasten its fall.
The Russian authorities should not allow the security forces of dictatorial regimes to act so brazenly on the territory of a sovereign state. We hope that the Russian government will take special control over a murder of a Russian citizen and will go public with all the facts of this crime.”