Well-known Central Asian specialist and
prominent Russian-Uzbek journalist Sanobar Shermatova has died in Moscow,
RFE's Russian and Uzbek Services report.
Shermatova, 59, died of cardiac arrest on Sunday, March 6. She was working for
several media outlets as an independent journalist at the time of her death and
had for many years reported for RFE's Russian and Uzbek services.
Shermatova had covered the Tajik Civil War and events in the Ferghana Valley.
She had previously worked for the weekly "Moskovskiye novosti" (The Moscow
News) and the "Bolshaya Politika" (Big Politics) journal in Moscow.
Shermatova was born on April 13, 1951 in Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan, and graduated
from Tashkent's Institute of Russian Language and Literature and Moscow State
University's Journalism Faculty.
Her colleague, journalist Dmitry Furman, told RFE today that Shermatova was
very energetic and full of plans when he saw her on Sunday. He added
that they co-wrote a special report called "Kyrgyz Cycles," which was issued
recently, about the current political, economic, and social situation in
Shermatova returned from Kyrgyzstan to Moscow several days ago. Furman said she
interviewed Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva and other top Kyrgyz officials in
Former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev told RFE that Shermatova was a
"professional journalist who contributed a lot to the development of democratic
institutions in Central Asia."
Shermatova is survived by two sons and a grandchild.
Compiled by RFE's Russian and Uzbek services and O wire.