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

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

 
Archie
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.

Source

 
Archie
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.

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

Maybe the quiz master reads these forums!

 
aaron76
168058.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:31 am Reply with quote

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

 
Mulvil
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

 
Neotenic
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

Quote:
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.

 
eggshaped
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.

http://www.agro.worldfood.uz/en/2007/

 
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.

 
suze
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.)

 
PDR
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.

PDR

 
Zebra57
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.


http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/germany2006/news/newsid=27212.html

 
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.

 
Zebra57
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.

 
Spud McLaren
917370.  Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:25 pm Reply with quote

The Naqshbandi Sufi order was founded in Bukhara.

A traditional Uzbek sport is Kurash, a style of wrestling.

 

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