Umida Akhmedova, a photographer and documentary filmmaker, was found guilty of slandering and insulting the Uzbek people, in a case that has stirred outrage in artistic circles throughout the region.
There was a fear of going to prison. But to tell you the truth, I feel insulted, that’s the main thing. I still don’t understand how my creative work could have brought me to this courtroom.
Umida Akhmedova is a film-maker and photographer who concentrates her work on gender issues and human rights. She is married to filmmaker Oleg Karpov and her son Timur Karpov is also a photographer and works for the Lenta.Ru press agency. In 2010 she was convicted of "slander of the Uzbek nation" after making a documentary.