Uzbekistan: Population Endures Shortages Amid Plenty

While the Uzbek government boasts of a strong rise in GDP, parts of the country continue to face electricity and fuel shortages during the winter months. (Photo: World Bank/Anvar Ilyasov)

Just a week ago at a cabinet meeting, Uzbek leader Islam Karimov hailed the achievements of the Uzbek economic model, which is basically a retrofitted command system. But Karimov clearly hasn’t gotten out of the capital much lately.

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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Uzbekistan: Population Endures Shortages Amid Plenty

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