Unclear whether this is on parole or not.
Tohar Haydarof, a Muslim background Uzbek believer was sentenced to 10 years in prison falsely on drug charges in March 2010-may he get visits and be strengthened to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.
A Christian woman sentenced to 18 months “corrective labour”
A Christian woman has been sentenced to 18 months of “corrective labour” for the “illegal production, storage, import or distribution of religious literature”.
Sharofat Allamova from Urgench will have to do a low-paid state job, such as street cleaning, cotton-harvesting or manual work in a brickyard, and hand over 20% of her meager wages to the state.
She is confined to her home town till the sentence is over.
She was convicted following two raids on her home in January during which a number of pieces of Christian literature and other resources were seized.
Sharofat has previously been fined and given a six-month suspended jail term for possessing religious literature.
The laws that weigh on Christians seem to be consistently increasing. Currently, any citizen is only allowed to have one Bible. Any more than that, a person is considered a missionary and risks up to five years in jail. This singular Bible is required to be in Russian. Churches must also teach in Russian. Because those of the younger generation only learn Uzbek and English, it is only a matter of a very short time before they have no access to the Gospel in their own language.
Pray for the safety of missionaries and church leaders in Uzbekistan.
Pray that the Gospel will spread and that Christian followers will multiply in Uzbekistan, in spite of the oppressive laws.
Pray for Christians, and those sympathetic to Christianity, to become leaders in Uzbekistan’s government.