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Uzbek Singer Abandons Presidential Ambitions
July 12, 2021

Uzbek Singer Abandons Presidential Ambitions

By Catherine Putz
Jahongir Otajonov, picked by the banned Erk party as its presidential candidate, has reportedly quit the race.

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Talk Dams, Not Rogun
June 21, 2021

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Talk Dams, Not Rogun

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent seems to have delicately removed itself from discussing Dushanbe’s Rogun dam, instead offering alternatives.
Mirziyoyev Asks EAEU for Benefits Up Front 
June 07, 2021

Mirziyoyev Asks EAEU for Benefits Up Front 

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan is an observer in the Eurasian Economic Union, but in a recent speech it’s clear Tashkent wants to see the benefits of membership before making the leap.

Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan
May 25, 2021

Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
The Uzbek state plays a huge role in the country’s economy, generating difficulties for foreign investors trying to operate in Uzbekistan.

Uzbek Blogger Otabek Sattoriy Sentenced to 6.5 Years
May 11, 2021

Uzbek Blogger Otabek Sattoriy Sentenced to 6.5 Years

By Catherine Putz
Otabek Sattoriy, a blogger who often covered local corruption, has been sentenced on charges of extortion and libel.

Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election
April 06, 2021

Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
The last time an Uzbek president faced a serious challenger was in 1991. Erk hasn’t been allowed to front a candidate since.

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President
April 02, 2021

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President

By Catherine Putz
Instead of progress on decriminalizing defamation, Uzbek authorities have amended the criminal code to include online insults of the president as punishable with prison time. 
Border Issue Tops Agenda in Kyrgyz State Visit to Uzbekistan
March 22, 2021

Border Issue Tops Agenda in Kyrgyz State Visit to Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
In the Kyrgyz president’s first state visit to Uzbekistan earlier this month, border issues topped the agenda.

Uzbekistan Needs a Navruz for Human Rights
March 01, 2021

Uzbekistan Needs a Navruz for Human Rights

By Steve Swerdlow
Tashkent’s continued authoritarian habits undermine positive steps.

RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Reveals Secret Mountain Resort
February 26, 2021

RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Reveals Secret Mountain Resort

By Catherine Putz
In an investigation released this week, RFE/RL poked into the Uzbek president’s alleged secret resort in the mountains.

A Closer Look at Uzbekistan’s Privatization Push
February 12, 2021

A Closer Look at Uzbekistan’s Privatization Push

By Corissa Steiner
Tashkent has promoted privatization schemes before. Is this time different?
There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why
December 22, 2020

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why

By Dilmira Matyakubowa
Genuine reform takes place not through quashing free thinkers and critics but in encouraging and even embracing them. 

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