Winds of Change (49 images)

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A once secretive and brutal dictatorship is finally opening up to the world.

For more than 25 years, Uzbekistan was infamously known for jailing political opponents and sending hundreds of thousands of people to forced labour. Locals were not permitted to leave the country, while their paranoid government imposed a total ban on anything foreign.

Following the recent death of its long-time dictator, Uzbeks are finally starting to taste freedom and unshackle from...
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