Gulnara Karimova is already a singer, composer, fashion designer, professor, diplomat, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Now, the daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov can add wedding party organizer to her overflowing list of achievements.
2012 has been declared the “Year of a Strong Family” in Uzbekistan, and Karimova is lending her party planning expertise to the government’s family-oriented campaign through the “1,000 Weddings and 1,000 Sunnat-Tuy (circumcisions)” project organized by her charity organization, Fund Forum. [read more]
On June 27, media workers across Uzbekistan (presumably) celebrated a day named in their honor. The 19th iteration of Mass Media Workers’ Day was noted in a speech by Uzbek President Islam Karimov, where he cautioned the nation’s journalists not to “succumb to euphoria and get overexcited” about Uzbekistan’s many achievements…[read more]
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Everyone else knows her as Gulnara Karimova, the 39-year-old jet-setting, jewelry-making, fashion-designing, and fabulously wealthy daughter of Islam Karimov, who has ruled Uzbekistan — one of the world’s worst abusers of human rights and press freedoms — with an iron fist since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
BISHKEK — Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev says his government strongly supports a project to build a trans-Asia railway to connect his country to both China and Uzbekistan.
RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service interviews Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev.
Take a look at these photos by RFE/RL’s Uzbek service, Radio Ozodlik from Khiva, a city in south-central Uzbekistan known for its Islamic architecture situated within its historic center. From the 17th to the 19th century, the city was also known for its slave market.
Dance-Off At Uzbekistan’s Norouz
What do you get when you put together a U.S. diplomat, a septuagenarian Central Asian dictator, and a giant public celebration of the New Year?
The answer, at least in the eyes of state broadcasters in Uzbekistan, is great television…[read more]
Radio Ozodlik’s photos: Uzbeks Gather For Game of Kopkari
In Uzbekistan, the national game of “kopkari” is held to celebrate an occasion such as a wedding or the birth of a son. The basic objective is for a rider on horseback to get an animal carcass, a goat or sheep, into a circle or across a finish line. The prize on offer is a measure of the wealth of the game’s sponsor…[Read more about RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, Radio Ozodlik.]
Eight Countries, Eight Different Portrayals Of Winter
RFE/RL has covered several tragic stories surrounding the brutally cold weather throughout our broadcast regions. But our photographers have also captured remarkable images of winter’s beauty.
From commuters to toddlers to tigers (oh my!) today’s “Friday Photos From…” illustrate how people and animals deal with winter in eight different countries: Afghanistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
All pictures were taken by our RFE/RL photographers within in the last two weeks.
So grab a steamy drink, find a cozy nook, and enjoy the tour!
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