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The Uzbek version of the KGB, the National Security Service (SNB), was modeled after the secret police of the Soviet Union. When Rustam Inoyatov, himself a former KGB agent, was appointed head of the SNB in 1995, the special service was already a fearsome institution. But it was Inoyatov who transformed the SNB into the… Continue reading

On 16 February 1999, six car bombs exploded outside Uzbekistan Government headquarters in Tashkent, killing 16 people and injuring more than 120. Shortly after the attack, president Islam Karimov visited the site of the explosions. He was flanked by two men in uniform: Rustam Inoyatov, the head of the National Security Service, and Zokir Almatov,… Continue reading