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Cracks in the monolith

by Cassandra Cavanaugh Uzbekistan’s authoritarian government moved into crisis mode in 1998, as the economy grew much more slowly than estimates predicted, import earnings dropped precipitously, and the currency sank further from convertibility. President Islam Karimov reacted with vigor – by sacking high government officials and continuing to wage war against independent Muslims. The virulence […]