To Tanya SMITH – from Talib YAKUBOV

Dear Mrs. Tanya Smith!


The toll of the mysteriously disappeared Muslims after notorious March events this year in Uzbekistan has reached nine. This number was stated by us only within the capital Tashkent. We are not aware of the real number of disappeared people all over the country.


Mr. Farrukh Haydarov is one of them.


Haydarov Farrukh Akmalovich (born in 1972, resident of Tashkent’s Yakkasaroy district, Shamsi-Kulol Street, 5) left home at about 10:00 AM on June 25 2004 and didn’t come back. He was heading for Ghafur Ghulom Park in Chilonzor district on his car where he dropped off his six-year-old son and father for an hour. But he failed to come back to pick them up. Since then neither he nor his car “Tico” (30G 32-19) was ever seen.


Approximately for month and a half police agencies in the person of divisional inspector carried out thorough examination of his place of residence, times of leaving to job and returning and so on.


Lately just before of the mysterious disappearance Farrukh’s family members caught sight of shadowing by unknown people in cars belong to security services nearby their home. 32-year-old Farrukh Haydarov taught Arabic at a cultural centre run by the Egyptian embassy in Uzbekistan. He studied at the Islamic Institute in Medina, Saudi Arabia between 1991 and 1997 and was professional teacher of Arabic and expert on Islamic affairs. At that time working at the Oriental faculty of Tashkent State University he won the grant of president Islam Karimov.


He was never part of any Islamic organization, and also Uzbek law enforcement agencies made no claims on him. He has been living always in Tashkent never violating the law and was a peaceful Muslim.


On August 13 his brother received a letter from him alleged to be sent from the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul on 9th August. Judging by postmarks the letter was delivered to Tashkent’s Main Postal Board on 11th August. In that letter Farrukh writes that he had to leave the country for abroad over arbitrary arrests of peaceful Muslims. According to letter, Husnuddin Nazarov, son of imam Obidkhon-qori Nazarov, is also together with him.


We consider that this letter Farrukh had to take dictation under torture in the investigatory cells of the National Security Service of Uzbekistan, the NSS.


First, we have our deep doubts as to such letter might be sent from Afghanistan through postal services. Every letter and other items of mail, especially delivered from abroad, are subjected to painstaking check of the NSS agents. There is special department for such agents in the Main Postal Board and they carry out a painstaking examination of every item. Letters are opened and often delivered to an addressee in uncovered. But the abovementioned letter has no signs of opening.


Secondly, the time of delivery – only three days – is highly improbable. Letters within Tashkent take more time to be delivered.


Thirdly, nowadays illegal border crossing to Afghanistan is practically impossible.


Fourthly, a man if he even succeeded in getting to Afghanistan perfectly understands that letting know others about his stay in that country through sending a letter is foolishly.


We established that the envelopes sent from Afghanistan to abroad should have their addresses written in English or appropriate language but any case in Roman letters. But on the envelope of Farrukh’s letter address was written in Cyrillic.


There are several other arguments that the alleged letter was organized by security services of Uzbekistan.


Relatives of Farrukh Haydarov received another letter. It was written by Turopov Dilmurod, resident of Tashkent. He wrote that on July 14 the NSS officers forced him to give false testimony against Farrukh Haydarov. This letter was also sent by post. Haydarov’s relatives succeeded to find relatives of Dilmurod Turopov through indicated on an envelope address. According to them after releasing from custody Dilmurod mailed his letter to three addressees: to Mr. Rustam Inoyatov, the chairman of the NSS, Mr. Rashitjon Kadirov, General Prosecutor of Uzbekistan and to the family of Farrukh Haydarov. Having sent the letters he left the country for Russia and yet hasn’t responded.


This is the scene of Farrukh Haydarov’s disappearing.


We earnestly ask respective Committees of the UN to help the family of Farrukh Haydarov in search of their disappeared son.


Thank You,


Sincerely yours,

Talib Yakubov

Chairman of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan