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Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 00:01:13 -0500
Sender: Former Soviet Republic - Central Asia Political Discussion List <CENASIA@VM1.MCGILL.CA>

Fergana Valley

A dialog on the CenAsia list, March 1996.

Date: Wed, 27 Mar 1996 13:59:32 GMT
From: William Sanford <W.E.Sanford@LSE.AC.UK>
Subject: Fergana Valley

I am trying to track down information on the Fergana Valley, particularly in regard to ethnic relations.

1. Does anyone know much about what approaches the Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Tajik authorities have taken towards managing ethnic conflict in the Fergana Valley? Based on what I've heard, they've relied on a strategy of balanced 'control' -- repression aimed at troublemakers, regardless of their ethnic identity. Apparently, when they arrest 5 Uzbeks, for example, they'll round up 5 Kyrgyz as well, so that no group feels discriminated against. Does anyone know about this, or any other aspect of ethnic policies here?

2. In the early stages of my research, I've tried key word searches for 'Fergana', 'Ferghana', and 'Farghana' on countless databases and have some up absolutely empty- handed. Any suggestions?

Thanks for any information you can provide.

Bill Sanford
London School of Economics and Political Science

Date: Wed, 27 Mar 1996 13:10:06 -0700
From: "Keith L. Macgowan" <macgowan@FREENET.CALGARY.AB.CA>
Subject: Re: Fergana Valley

Try the web page of Perspectives on Central Asia at

They have some pieces on the Fergana Valley.

Keith Macgowan

Date: Wed, 27 Mar 1996 19:34:05 -0600
From: "Real Name shawn t. lyons" <stlyons@STUDENTS.WISC.EDU>
Subject: Fergana Valley

Muhammad Solih, the former Ozbek presidential candidate, writes with sensitivitity about the "tragedy of Ferghana" in his 1991 bk Kozi Tiyran Dard. A number of authors--Yoldosh Sulayman, Mirzo Kenjabek, Yaqubjon Khojamberdiev, Halima Khudoyberdiev and probably many others--wrote on interethnic problems in the main literary newspaper. Both Fan va Turmush and Guliston addressed this subject in their 1990 + 1991 issues. Pravda Vostoka had extensive reports throughout 1990. I imagine that former Soviet ethnography journal would also be useful for your study.