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Uzbekistan: Security Checks Put Passengers Off Tashkent Metro

The Tashkent metro has three lines, 29 stations and 36 kilometers of tracks. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

Convenience is taking a back seat to security concerns on the Tashkent metro. As a result, lots of residents of the Uzbek capital are avoiding going underground.

Before boarding a metro, riders these days must endure hassles that are reminiscent of pre-flight security procedures at airports. Police officers are stationed at the entrances of metro stations, where they inspect bags and scan passengers with metal detectors. Meanwhile, security cameras are everywhere and Big-Brother-like posters hang on the walls of stations, in passageways and in train cars, urging passengers to be aware of their surroundings.

“Vigilance is a requirement of the times,” read the only posters that hang on the walls of train cars.

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Murat Sadykov is the pseudonym for a journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Uzbekistan: Security Checks Put Passengers Off Tashkent Metro

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