Why this architect professor facing imprisonment-min
Temir Bolotbek is a 38-year-old professor at the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transportation and Architecture. He is one of those who belong to modern era of the erstwhile Soviet block where terms like basic fundamental rights and freedom of expression are of recent origin. He belongs to a school of thought which has Western influence. In the ordinary course, world wouldn’t have known anything about Bolotbek but of-late he has been making headlines due to reasons not related to his profession. Do you know why?
Internet and social media are the sureshot mediums through which you can gain popularity overnight, but only if you manage them properly. Otherwise you may find yourself at the rough end of the stick as has happened in case of Bolotbek.
Perhaps, Bolotbek never imagined that his simple comment on a Facebook status update about Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, posted by well-known journalist Dina Maslova would land him in trouble – possibly behind the bars. What provoked Bolotbek was the comparison of two eras and one line appreciation by the journalist of erstwhile Soviet era. Bolotbek’s criticism of the lifestyle of earlier era and architecture then not only drew more opponents into the argument but also was able attract the attention of government authorities which ultimately led him to court.
Already two hearings in the court have taken place and he is facing charges of exclusionary propaganda. If proven guilty, Bolotbek may have to spend seven years in jail.