Spring in Tashkent: Is Uzbekistan really opening up?

Spring in Tashkent: Is Uzbekistan really opening up?
 

Uzbekistan is a country that has long been in the shadows, but this week the once repressive and secretive Central Asian state invited the media in for an international summit on the peace process in Afghanistan. It was a chance for BBC Uzbek's Ibrat Safo to return home for the first time in more than 10 years.
Spring always comes suddenly in Tashkent.
One day it's cold and grey; the next, the city's almond and apricot trees burst into blossom.
This year the streets are also festooned with fairy lights to celebrate Navruz, the tradition spring festival.
Even in the pouring rain there's a... read more

 
31 March 2018 in World News, Views: 62
Source: BBC
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