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Tashkent City: Is ‘Progress’ Worth the Price Being Paid in Uzbekistan?

Residents of Tashkent’s Old Town, near other ancient mahallas which are earmarked for demolition. Many local people are resistant to moving out of the city centre and being cooped up in a flat. (Photo: Joanna Lillis)

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The silver skyscrapers of Tashkent City are intended to declare Uzbekistan’s capital ‘open for business’. But for the residents of the historic mahalla districts, the cost is extreme.
 
Abdujalil Azimov sits on a stool listening to Uzbek pop on a transistor radio as his sheep graze contentedly in the evening sunshine on a strip of grass in the centre of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.
 
In front rises a line of gleaming white marble blocks containing opulent new flats. Behind him sprawls Olmazor, a centuries-old higgledy piggledy settlement of wattle-and-daub houses that harks back to the ancient history of this central Asian city that was once a pitstop on the Silk Road.
 
Azimov, a retired factory worker in his early sixties, was born in Olmazor, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him. “My great-grandfather died here in 1934, at the age of 106,” he states proudly.
 

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Tashkent City: Is ‘Progress’ Worth the Price Being Paid in Uzbekistan?

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