Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Economic Model Comes Under Attack
Criticizing the policies of the late president of Uzbekistan is very much in vogue these days.
Late last month, a recently created state-run TV news channel featured analytical content criticizing the “mistakes” of the previous leadership — a description that could only be understood as a reference to Islam Karimov.
With that taboo broken, business news website Kommersant.uz has gone into even further detail about the shortcomings of what is commonly referred to as the “Uzbek model.”
Economist Yulily Yusupov has become the most vocal proponent for an overhaul to Uzbekistan’s economic model.
“We live in a time of change. Reforms have already begun, including long-awaited reforms of the currency exchange market. This implies an inevitable change to the model of economic development. And what about the old model?” Yusupov writes in his detailed piece for Kommersant.uz.
This is powerful stuff. Nobody would have dared write anything quite so bold as little as a year ago.
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