Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia, formerly a republic of the USSR. The country borders Kazakhstan and the Aral Sea to the north and northwest, respectively, Kyrgyzstan to the east, and Turkmenistan and Tajikistan to the south. It has a population of about 28,929,716, according to the 2014 census. Uzbekistan became an independent state in 1991. Since then, President Islom Karimov has ruled the country. The political system of Uzbekistan can be described as a mixture of an authoritarian regime based on oligarchy, with some legal structures and a large bureaucratic apparatus. The authorities attempt to suppress any political opposition or independent activism, and they exert control over the media. There is a lack of appropriate data on the poverty levels in Uzbekistan; ...

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