WHO IS BEHIND THE HOOLIGANS?On the Events in Fergana Province

Author: A. Levin and A. Kaipbergenov

THUGS MOVE INTO NEW AREAS; 11,000 MESKHETIANS UNDER PROTECTION; CORRUPT MAFIA SEEN USING HOOLIGANS TO MAINTAIN POLITICAL ROLE; TASHLAK CROWD HOLDS OFFICIALS HOSTAGE, BATTLES POLICE

WHO IS BEHIND THE HOOLIGANS?On the Events in Fergana Province. (By Tass Correspondent A. Levin and Staff Correspondent A. Kaipbergenov. Pravda, June 10, p. 8. 1,100 words. Condensed text:) Fergana... Day Seven.... The situation became complicated again today. Thugs moved toward Kokand from various districts of the province. The trucks carrying the bandits were not allowed into the city. But, from all indications, it is still too early to set our minds at rest. The thugs have worked out some unique tactics: They enter a community, attack the internal affairs departments with a view to seizing weapons, assault the buildings of Party and Soviet agencies, and commit arson and malicious violence.

On June 8 in a suburb of Kokand, a train carrying fuel and lubricants was stopped and fuel was spilled from one tank car. The criminals issued an ultimatum: Release 400 detained persons, and hand over policemen and Meskhetian Turks to them. Only thanks to the resolute actions of representatives of law and order was an impending catastrophe avoided.

According to Col. Gen. Yu. Shatalin, head of the USSR

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Ministry of Internal Affairs' internal troops, the situation remains unpredictable. The thugs are "opening up" new areas, moving toward the borders of [Fergana] Province, and threatening to cross over into neighboring Andizhan and Namangan Provinces of the [Uzbek] Republic and Leninabad Province of Tadzhikistan.

More than 11,000 Meskhetian Turks are being protected at a military unit's training center. Yesterday the first 439 ailing children and their parents were moved to USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs sanatoriums.

Local newspapers come out very late every day and are immediately bought up at newsstands of the Chief Administration for the Distribution of Publications. In an anxious atmosphere, rumors sometimes give ...

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