Muslims seek voice in a changing Uzbekistan

Last year Muminjonova was one of 10 students excluded from a university in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan for violating dress code by sporting the hijab, a staple of female Islamic dress. Over 90 percent of Uzbekistan’s population is Muslim and social conservatism runs deep, especially in the provinces of the 33 million-strong republic.

Uzbekistan pulls out the stops for fine winemaking

Uzbek farmers are on the front lines of an ambitious state-led winemaking drive in the majority-Muslim country. A decree published by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s office in February calls for an increase in wine exports of more than 60 percent by the end of 2021, aiming to cultivate varieties from France, Italy, Chile and the United States, along with the traditional varieties native to the former Soviet countries of the Caucasus.

Pride and fears for Uzbekistan’s ‘Louvre of the Steppes’

More than 50 years after its founding, the Nukus Museum of Art in Uzbekistan’s remote Karakalpakstan region still startles and charms visitors in the spirit of its eccentric late founder. But having survived Soviet censorship and predatory foreign art dealers in the 1990s, some fear the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art, faces a fresh threat.

Uzbeks attend first electronic music fest by ravaged Aral Sea

Festival-goers dance beside rusting boats beached miles from the shrinking Aral Sea at ‘Stihia’ or Element in Russian, is the first electronic music festival ever held in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan, which has recently moved to open up to international tourism. The music festival is staged in an area of desert caused by one of the world’s largest man-made environmental catastrophes, the shrinking of the Aral Sea that borders Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, caused by Soviet irrigation projects that diverted its tributary rivers.

Tourism boom to test Uzbekistan’s thaw

Coiffed, cheerful and multilingual, identical twins Fatima and Zukhra Rakhmatova are frontline members of a newly-formed, user-friendly Tourist Police deployed in the famed Silk Road city of Samarkand and other hotspots as a visitor boom sweeps the Central Asian country.

LIVE: Putin speaks at SCO meeting in Kazakhstan

Russian President Vladimir Putin is speaking at the 17th Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Astana, Kazakhstan. The leaders of the SCO member states, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, gathered to discuss the current state of the organization and its prospects for development, as well as to exchange views on regional and international policy.

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Stockholm truck attack suspect confirmed 39yo Uzbek national

The arrested suspect in the Stockholm truck attack comes from Uzbekistan and is 39 years old, investigators said at a press conference. He was described as “a marginal character,” previously named in “security information” but not under any recent investigation.

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Uzbekistan president Karimov dies aged 78 after 27 years in power

Uzbekistan confirmed that its President Islam Karimov, who led the republic in various capacities from 1989, has died. He led the gradual transition from a Soviet republic into a nationalist Islamic country, fighting poverty and radicalism.

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