Karimov Monument Opened in Moscow
On 18 October 2018, the monument to the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich Karimov was unveiled in Moscow during a solemn opening ceremony.
Members of parliament and government, representatives of the Presidential Administration of Uzbekistan, scientists, figures of culture, literature and art, as well as our compatriots who study or work in the capital of Russia took part in the ceremony as the delegation of Uzbekistan.
Among those gathered in the Islam Karimov Square, where the monument to the First President of our country was erected, were representatives of legislative bodies, state and public organizations of Russia and residents of Moscow.
On behalf of the multiethnic people and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, immense gratitude was expressed to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the mayor’s office and the public in Moscow for their high respect for the memory of Islam Karimov. As the Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis Nigmatilla Yuldashev noted, it is deeply symbolic that the opening of the monument to Islam Karimov in Moscow takes place on the day of the start of the state visit of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Uzbekistan. This is yet another confirmation of the consolidating UzbekRussian relations of friendship and cooperation based on a common history, the closeness of cultures, kindred ties that bind the two peoples.
It was stressed that with his multifaceted political activity, Islam Abduganievich Karimov left an indelible mark on the history of independent Uzbekistan. The people of Uzbekistan loved, respected and were proud of their First President, who will always be a vivid example for compatriots of devotional service to the Motherland.
Thanks to the leaders of the countries – the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov – the relations between the two states became those of strategic partnership and alliance.
Islam Abduganievich always treated Russia with great respect, in particular, noted her experience in educational matters. He was the initiator of the opening in Tashkent of branches of leading Russian universities – the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Plekhanov Russian Economic University, and the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.
The efforts started by Islam Karimov continues today consistently. Under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan is at the new stage of development of the country, profound reforms are being carried out in all spheres.
About 900 thousand ethnic Russian citizens of Uzbekistan make a worthy contribution to the renewal and modernization of the country. For their dedicated work, many of them have been awarded high state prizes. The Russian Ethnic Cultural Center of Uzbekistan operates. More than 800 schools and many universities in Uzbekistan are taught in Russian, there are theaters offering plays in Russian, books and newspapers are printed in large quantities, and there are television and radio broadcasts.
Comprehensive expansion of mutually beneficial relations with Russia is a priority for Uzbekistan. Today, thanks to the efforts of Presidents Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Vladimir Putin, the strategic partnership and alliance relations of the two countries reached a qualitatively new level. Political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian interaction is actively developing.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the monument to Islam Karimov in Moscow, the First President’s spouse T. Karimova, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council N. Fedorov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation G. Karasin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow A. Gorbenko and others noted that further development and enhancement of cooperation between our countries fully meet the interests of both peoples, serve to strengthen security and stability in the Central Asian region.