Uzbekistan's Strongman Means Business

In the dusty, mineral-rich state of Uzbekistan, there's only one boss: President Islam A. Karimov. He rules like a khan, repressing opponents and dispensing favors to allies. Ordinary citizens need no reminder of who runs the show. In the sprawling capital of Tashkent, traffic cops stand on every corner and the secret police are as active as the Soviet-era KGB.

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