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Stories about Uzbekistan

17 March 2020

As Uzbekistan thaws, the Uzbek language spreads its wings

A political thaw is underway in a nation eagerly going online — providing the perfect opportunity for the Uzbek language to thrive in new and unexpected ways.

21 February 2020

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.

31 December 2019

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.

2 September 2019

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!'"

12 April 2019

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.

7 July 2018

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

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

8 May 2018

Uzbekistan releases its “last detained journalists”

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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.

30 April 2018

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."

29 January 2018

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."

29 December 2017

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.

19 December 2017

Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm in Uzbekistan

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

15 October 2017

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."

19 September 2017

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.

13 September 2017

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."

30 August 2017

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.

11 August 2017

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."

26 February 2017

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."

11 February 2017

Morgan Freeman Makes Surprise Cameo in Uzbek Film. Oh, Wait. No, He Doesn't.

Move over 'fake news', here come 'fake trailers'.

3 February 2017

Is Rap Making a Comeback in Uzbekistan?

“I’ll confess that I was only half certain that they would even let us hold the competition.”

7 January 2017

In Uzbekistan, a YouTube Video Sparks a Debate about Homophobia

"I do not in any way justify those that beat him, but… I don’t want our people to be tolerant of these kind of sick freaks."