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160254.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:21 am Reply with quote

One of those eastern-european/asian countries which is pretty much famous only for a getting a fleeting mention in Borat or is it?
Uzbekistan is the home of Djamolidine Abdoujaparov a former Tour De France competitor having won the points contest 3 times.
Most of the populus live in the capital Tashkent. Finally it has the largest military prescence in the Central Asian area (65,000)
If any one else has any other Quite Interesting facts about Uzbekistan please tell us.

160267.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:54 am Reply with quote

Uzbekistan is, apart from Liechtenstein, the only doubly landlocked country in the world.

160307.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:04 am Reply with quote

Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century and a socialist republic was set up in 1924. Intensive production of cotton and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land poisoned and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry.

Independent since 1991, the country is developing its mineral and petroleum reserves in an attempt to reduce its reliance on agriculture. Uzbekistan is now the world's second-largest cotton exporter and fifth largest producer; it relies heavily on cotton production as the major source of export earnings. Other major export earners include gold, natural gas, and oil.

Following independence in September 1991, the government sought to prop up its economy with subsidies and tight controls on production and prices. While aware of the need to improve the investment climate, the government still sponsors measures that often increase, not decrease, its control over business decisions.

There are some major concerns about state intervention and the Uzbek government froze the assets of some foreign companies investing in the region, accusing them of tax fraud. So there's not much foreign investment there anymore, although both Russia and China are interested, particularly in the mining and oil industries.


160664.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:49 am Reply with quote

I took part in a quiz night last night and coincidentally one of the questions was "how many doubly landlocked countries are there and can you name them?".

Funny thing life.

161020.  Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:01 am Reply with quote

Maybe the quiz master reads these forums!

168058.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:31 am Reply with quote

Please excuse my ignorance, but what exactly does doubly landlocked mean?

168061.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:34 am Reply with quote

It means that not only does it not touch the sea, but none of the countries that border it touch the sea either

168263.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:27 am Reply with quote

I was trying to find out if Uzbekistan has a Navy, but failed dismally.

What I did find, however, was this gem of a paragraph on their government's official site

Republic of Uzbekistan has great production and is mineral potential, unique agricultural raw materials, significant volumes of half-finished items, got in the process of conversion, rich natural resources, developed infrastructure.

I've often wondered where things go that get started and forgotten about, and now I know.

214025.  Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:30 am Reply with quote

Uzbekistan is the only country in Central Asia that has borders with all other members of the region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Ian Dunn
674158.  Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:43 pm Reply with quote

Sting was paid over 1,000,000 to perform for the daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan.

The dictator, Islam Karimov, "is condemned approximately every 10 minutes by organisations from the UN to Amnesty, accused of such delights as boiling his enemies, slaughtering his poverty-stricken people when they protest, and conscripting armies of children for slave labour. Oh, and the Aral Sea on which his country sits - once the world's fourth biggest lake - has lost 80% of its volume, partly as a result of Karimov siphoning it off to intensively irrigate his remote desert cotton fields."

Source: The Guardian

On a related note, my parents run the official Sting website.

674219.  Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:44 pm Reply with quote

Have they asked him why he considered this an appropriate gig to take on? Was it perchaunce because the Uzbek dictator offered him shitloads of money for it?

(And OK, I'm well aware that the answers to these questions are going to be "no" and "yes", in that order.)

674259.  Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:28 pm Reply with quote

An obvious fact would be that it was the subject iof a Radio 4 play on saturday, staring David Tennent.


674291.  Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:12 pm Reply with quote

Tuesday 6 September 2005 FIFA invalidated the result of a Uzbekistan-Bahrain football match in the 2006 World Cup qualification which had to be replayed.

Ian Dunn
674321.  Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:47 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Have they asked him why he considered this an appropriate gig to take on? Was it perchaunce because the Uzbek dictator offered him shitloads of money for it?

(And OK, I'm well aware that the answers to these questions are going to be "no" and "yes", in that order.)

Well, they haven't commented much about it. All my dad said was that this happened months ago and only now the press have gotten hold of it.

917329.  Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:24 am Reply with quote

President Islam Karimov has banned students in Uzbekistan from using mobile phones in schools. Critics of Karimov suspect a hidden agenda to restrict open access to the outside world.


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