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Uzbeks Seek Closure Of Another U.S. NGO

(RFE/RL) August 28, 2006 -- The Uzbek Justice Ministry is eeking the closure of another U.S. nongovernmental rganization.

Uzbekistan's pro-government website say authorities have "irrefutable evidence" that members of the Partnership in Academics and Development (PAD) NGO have been proselytizing among local Muslims and Orthodox Christians.

Also, Uzbek officials claim the Massachusetts-based group is offering access to the Internet without a proper license.

On its website, PAD says it was set up in 1999 to help Uzbek university professors with new textbooks and modern equipment and to help them expand contacts with the world academic community.

Uzbek courts have in recent months ordered the closure of many U.S. and other foreign NGOs after various accusations. says two South Korean groups -- the Korean Foundation for World Aid and the Institute of Asian Culture and Development -- were recently banned from the country on proselytizing charges.


Central Asian Cinema

Central Asian Cinema
Gulnara Abikaeyeva's June 29 presentation in Prague (RFE/RL)

EAST OF THE WEST: On June 29, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by GULNARA ABIKEYEVA, director of the Central Asian Cinematography Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Abikeyeva is a leading expert on Kazakh and Central Asian cinema, a chairwoman of the jury of this year's East Of The West section of the Karlovy Vary film festival. Abikaeyeva gave an overview of major trends in Central Asian cinema since the 1960s. Abikeyeva has just completed a major DVD collection of the most popular films of the five Central Asian countries and is now beginning work on a similar collection of Central Asian documentaries.


Listen to the complete presentation (45 minutes):
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