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The perfect veneer of Uzbekistan’s independence

By Alyssa Moxley  

Traditional Uzbek costumes: celebrating 18 years of independence

I recently travelled to the Uzbek capital Tashkent to research the local music scene, but instead found myself pre-occupied by the omnipresence of the country’s security forces, and the sense of a young country negotiating its identity nearly two decades after gaining independence.

Uzbekistan may have only been independent for 18 years, but they’re keen to show off the country’s accomplishments. When I arrived at the end of the…

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