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Uzbekistan: Leader’s Death Felt on Streets and in Pockets

A young woman makes a purchase at one of Tashkent’s bazaars. Since reports began circulating about the death of Uzbekistan’s president, shoppers have felt inflationary pressure. (Photo: UNDP)

Since reports began circulating about the death of Uzbekistan’s president, shoppers have felt inflationary pressure.
 
The cost of meat, considered a staple in Uzbekistan, has spiked. At Tashkent’s famed Chorsu bazaar, a kilo of beef climbed from 25,000 sum (around $4) during the last week of August to around 30,000 sum. In a supermarket, the same portion costs around 35,000 sum.
 
As market traders freely admit, the price jump was linked to the air of uncertainty surrounding the fate of Islam Karimov, the country's only leader during the post-Soviet era, whose death was confirmed only September 2 after days of rumors.
 

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