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.

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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.

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