Murder in Samarkand

Craig Murray was the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan until he was removed from his post in October 2004 after exposing appalling human rights abuses by the US-funded regime of President Islam Karimov. In this candid and at times shocking memoir, he lays bare the dark and dirty underside of the War on Terror. In Uzbekistan, the land of Alexander the Great and Tamburlaine, lurks one of the most hideous tyrannies on earth – one founded on cotton slavery and brutal torture. As neighbouring ‘liberated’ Afghanistan produces record levels of heroin, the Uzbek rulers cash in on massive trafficking. They are even involved in trafficking their own women to prostitution in the West. But this did not prevent Karimov being viewed as a key US ally in the War on Terror. When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan, he was a young Ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called ‘democratising’ states. When Murray decided to go public with his shocking findings, Washington and 10 Downing Street reached the conclusion that he had to go. But Uzbekistan had changed the high-living diplomat and there was no way he was going to go quietly.

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6 Comments

  1. Malcolm Bush

    1 Dec, 2012 - 10:21 pm

    I think this book will be a good read; but also it will make an ethical gift for Christmas.

  2. Fantastic read, and true facts.

  3. How biased is our media, which never popularizes people like you..i seriously never knew about this book of what is happening in uzbekistan. untill i saw one post on wikileaks…isnt everything is dying…
    every human emotion…everything…only thing that is valuable to people is profit..only money and power…
    there are very rare people like your Craig…the Hero…

  4. In the “Online Collection of Supporting Documents” link please change “.co” into “.org”, otherwise the link points to a non-existing server.

    [Reply from craigmurray.org.uk – corrected. Thanks A.]

  5. maurice pittet

    16 Jun, 2013 - 2:20 am

    Riveting book. Mr Murray is to be commended for his courage to unveil the truth,mindless of the consequences to his career. I now have him bookmarked.he’ll go down as a companion of Assange,Manning Bradley and now another truthsayer:Snowden.

  6. Vivien Daglish

    22 Mar, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Many years ago I worked with Craig Murray at a Conference and found him to be a very intersting, if eccentric, man. I am very proud that he had the courage to expose a scandal which adversely affected him professionally, at least only temporarily, thank goodnes.

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