September 4, 2012

Central Asia Corruptocracies

Katherin Machalek, Foreign Policy

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The government of Uzbekistan recently declared 2012 the Year of the Strong Family. As part of this official campaign, Uzbek citizens are being compelled to participate in a "1,000 Weddings and 1,000 Circumcisions" campaign being held throughout the country. Given that the festival was organized by a foundation run by autocratic President Islam Karimov's ever-present daughter Gulnara, Uzbeks could be forgiven for wondering whether the bizarre event was actually meant to celebrate one family in particular. In fact, the country's citizens have been compelled to celebrate the strength of the Karimovs for the last two decades.

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TAGGED: Uzbekistan, Central Asia


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