Dancing with the Vodka Terrorists. Misadventures in the by Rob Ferguson

By Rob Ferguson

When Rob Ferguson went off to the 5 former Soviet 'Stans of primary Asia to paintings on a venture to save lots of the swiftly disappearing Aral Sea, he anticipated to have demanding situations and adventures, yet he did not expect finishing up a suspect in a brutal homicide research. Dancing with Vodka Terrorists is a tragicomic farce and an engrossing real-life mystery informed with panache and wry humour and stars a extraordinary forged of corrupt apparatchiks, jolly experts, devious autocrats and a bewitching belly-dancer who finally ends up gutted in a bath. by some means Ferguson survives all of it, wit nonetheless intact.

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Britain, France, Holland, Spain and Portugal were conquering foreign lands and creating global empires and Russia wanted in on the action. With Britain already in India, St. Petersburg’s arrogant young military officers were keen to probe the exotic hinterlands of Russia’s soft Asian underbelly and extend their southern frontier. The Kazakhs were first to be conquered. By 1848 a force of Cossacks had mostly eradicated the Three Great Hordes and were colonizing the Kazakh steppe and taiga. The Uzbeks were next.

My new mission was going to be a challenge. The agreement Torrion signed that day in December was worth US $670,000, not a large amount by the standards of international development contracts. But it was still a significant feat, the first contract awarded to Western consultants under the Aral Sea project. As the World Bank would later admit, we were the guinea pigs. 1 Under Suspicion Compared to the gulag of rooms around him, Numan Karimov’s office was a triumph of glasnost. New textured wallpaper masked the sallow green that pervaded the rest of the Chilanzar microdistrict police station.

Then I smiled back sarcastically. ” Karimov didn’t answer. ” He sneered at me for a few long seconds. ” In the car Ira was eerily quiet, locking me out of whatever thoughts Detective Karimov had provoked in her. When he was done with me, he had questioned her alone for half an hour. Maybe he’d managed to breach her trust in me. That would be his technique, I decided, my paranoia growing: divide and weaken until a confession rolled out. He needed a murderer and one way or another he would get himself one.

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