MOSCOW — Soviet Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov told Communist Party activists in Uzbekistan on Thursday that corruption, political intrigue and ethnic hatred led to violence against the Meskhetians, a Turkish minority.
Ryzhkov completed a four-day investigation of the rioting with a party meeting in the republic's capital of Tashkent, the official news agency Tass said.
"This was the work of ruthless and cruel hands of those to whom inter-ethnic enmity has always been the soil for the criminal mentality that everything goes," Tass quoted him as telling party officials. "Corruption and shady economic and political dealings" played a role, he said.
Ryzhkov said the violence was well-planned and aimed at destabilizing the republic and the country. He did not identify any group or people he held responsible.