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Stories about Uzbekistan

Uzbek DJ with a mission to popularize vintage Soviet music

The musicians of the time, like war partisans, overcame a great number of obstacles standing in their way to perform the kind of music they wanted to play.

Can a beloved Tashkent theatre resist the wrecking ball?

The famed Ilkhom Theatre may have survived decades of censorship and economic upheaval, but now it faces another foe: massive urban redevelopment in the Uzbek capital.

Life on the margins: The Lyuli people of Uzbekistan

Aleksandr Barkovsky, a photographer who has worked with the community, says that ordinary Uzbeks still know little to nothing about their Lyuli neighbours.

A journey through Uzbek national identity on the Tashkent metro

In the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, the metro is much more than just a means of transportation — it's an open history textbook.

In Uzbekistan, where homosexuality is illegal, LGBTQ+ people must hide to survive

Global Voices interviewed one of the very few LGBTQ+ activists in Uzbekistan, who provide legal and psychological support to a deeply underground community.

Tashkent theatre offers window into Japanese internment after World War II

Of all the Japanese interned for forced labour by the Soviet Union after the end of the war, about 25,000 were taken to Uzbekistan.

Decolonising and demystifying Central Asian literature through translation

"Central Asian literature is still exotic; people appreciate its rareness more than its literary merits. I want readers to move away from thinking 'how unusual!' to thinking 'how beautiful!'"

How Uzbeks learned to love (and live on) the Telegram messenger app

The service whose growth in the country at one point felt almost accidental is now a mirror to a nation on the move.

Censorship in Uzbekistan: The more things change, the more they stay the same?

We last spoke with Umida Akhmedova before Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov died in 2016. Is life any easier for artists now he is gone?

Uzbekistan releases its “last detained journalists”

For the first time in last two decades, there is not a single journalist behind bars in Uzbekistan, once one of the world's most despotic countries.

At the World Cup in Russia this summer, Central Asia will be supporting Mohamed Salah

"Salah, with his glorious football talent and good behaviour is introducing the real Islam to the world."

Uzbekistan and its Migrants: A Tale of Two Presidents

"People have to look for jobs in other countries because we have not created conditions for them."

The Good Cop? Uzbekistan Readies for Another Year of Major Changes

2017 was a honeymoon year for Uzbekistan and new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, but challenges loom in the distance.

Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm in Uzbekistan

“This is my band...this is my arse. Tonight your arse is mine.”

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Once Deadly Foes, Now BFF?

"The sensation is in the goodwill of the Uzbek leader. Mirziyoyev is so open, friendly, and well-wishing. It can only bring us delight."

One Year On: Uzbekistan's Unhappy Ex-Ruling Family

A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.

Amid Efforts to Clean Up Corruption, Uzbekistan's President Calls Prosecutors ‘Trash’

"I am sorry, but I don’t like prosecutors at all…. I was a district chairman, a province chairman and I know very well how these unscrupulous people behave."

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

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