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Uzbek spies attacked dissidents with off-the-shelf hacking tools - Reuters
"Uzbek intelligence officers have used commercially-available computer spying tools to launch a series of cyber attacks against activists and dissidents, researchers at Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said [last week]. The findings show how governments around the world are able to buy sophisticated hacking tools and expertise from outside vendors to spy on activists, journalists and political rivals. Kaspersky researcher Brian Bartholomew named Unit 02616 of Uzbekistan’s National Security Service as the team behind the attacks. The service, also sometimes referred to by acronyms in Russian or Uzbek, changed its name to State Security Service last year but is still often referred to abroad as NSS. According to two people with knowledge of the attacks, the targets of the NSS have included regional news outlets Fergana News, Eltuz, Centre1 and the Palestine Chronicle, all of which report on the Uzbek government. The publishers did not immediately respond to requests for comment." - Jack Stubbs and Christopher Bing, Reuters
otf  Uzbekistan  surveillance  centralasia 
6 days ago by dmcdev
A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary | Travel | The Guardian
Explore Silk Road heritage, deserts landscapes, Tashkent’s metro and the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in a country encouraging tourists with new, relaxed visa policies
Uzbekistan  guide  travel  tourist  Guardian  2019 
february 2019 by inspiral
Knowledge is power: Uzbekistan lifts ban on political science
Uzbekistan will resume teaching political science this year, according to a presidential decree signaling the return of a subject said to have been decried as pseudoscience by the previous leadership. Though limited to only one state-run university, the move announced on Thursday highlights the Central Asian nation’s modernization drive after decades of isolation under late president Islam Karimov. [...]

Karimov’s successor, former prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has launched a broad reform program and moved to abolish some of his predecessor’s most restrictive and bizarre policies, such as bans on buying foreign currency, painting faces at soccer games and playing billiards and snooker.
uzbekistan  politics  universities 
february 2019 by terry
Forum 18: UZBEKISTAN: Raids, large fines, torturers and thieves unpunished - 23 November 2018
Police arrested all eight Protestants and took them to Pap Police Station, where they questioned them until 3 am the next morning. No legal warrant was produced for the detention, the Protestant stated.

Police also forced most of the Protestants to sign statements written – illegally - by police. Those who did sign did so for fear of state reprisals.
r105  uzbekistan 
november 2018 by mike001
Uzbekistan rediscovers lost culture in the craft of Silk Road paper makers | World news | The Guardian
A Samarkand craftsman revives thousand-year-old paper production methods in Central Asian workshop
paper  making  uzbekistan  samarkand  production  craft  maker 
november 2018 by piperh
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Still slightly annoyed to have gone to a few months too early, when you were still banned from taking p…
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august 2018 by grzbielok
Uzbekistan's Secret Underground
"After a longtime ban on photographing the Tashkent Metro was lifted this summer, RFE/RL’s photographer went underground to reveal the art, architecture, and nuclear-blast protection in Central Asia’s oldest subway system."
photos  tashkent  subway  uzbekistan 
august 2018 by arsyed
Uzbekistan's Secret Underground
After a longtime ban on photographing the Tashkent Metro was lifted this summer, RFE/RL’s photographer went underground to reveal the art, architecture, and nuclear-blast protection in Central Asia’s oldest subway system.
Subway  Soviet  Tashkent  Uzbekistan  photography 
august 2018 by NightOwlCity

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