This very short article, unfortunately deprived of a critical apparatus, sheds light on the struggle and negotiations between the short-lived principality (bekigari) of Mascha (or Macha) in the Higher Zerafshan Valley, on the one side, and on the other side the Russian-led Military-Revolutionary Committee and Komsomol of Ura-Teppa (present-day Istrawshan), between November 1918 and August 1922. In a rather apologetical mood, the author praises the participation of the autochthonous population of Ura-Teppa in the struggle against the Basmachis of the Zerafshan Valley, and in the subsequent construction of the telegraph line between Ura-Teppa and Abburdan.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-3.4.D-290