The Pyongyang of Central Asia (49 images)

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For the past 28 years, Tashkent was the capital of one of the world’s most secretive and brutal dictatorships.

Uzbekistan authorities systematically tortured political opponents, jailed religious figures without trial and sent hundreds of thousands of citizens, including children, to forced labour. Locals were not permitted to leave the country, while their paranoid government imposed a total ban on Western culture and foreign journalists.

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