After collapse of the Soviet Union there are reports that the fundamentalists forces are on the rise in some of the Central Asian republics. What is the reason for this?
In USSR, finding food wasn't an issue. Finding employment wasn't an issue. Finding shelter wasn't an issue. And the Soviets also took great care to give "Boundouckistanis" some pride, and I salute that. The Bikonur cosmodrome is a prime example. IF I was a Turkmeinistani and I wanted to get a handicraft skill, all I needed to do was to sign into the municipal office.
Now, the ENTIRE Central Asian economy is being robbed BLIND by local elites, remnants of Communist Party elites who flourished under Brezhnev with the FULL cooperation of MNC's. In USSR times, fuel from Turkmeinistan was siphoned off to Moscow, but the TUrkmeinistanis got schools, hospita ...more
Motivation by vested interest too is a reason.