Uzbekistan: Authorities Using Soviet-Style Controls to Reverse Urbanization Trend

Unofficial estimates peg Tashkent’s population as high as 4 million – up from 1.5 million at independence in 1991. (Photo: OSCE/Lubomir Kotek)

Three years ago, Said Davlatov left his farm in Uzbekistan’s remote Karshi Province, moved to Tashkent, and became a construction worker. The move paid off: he recently bought a small apartment and a used car.

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Uzbekistan: Authorities Using Soviet-Style Controls to Reverse Urbanization Trend

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