Thursday, September 01, 2016


Silly Dictator Story #18: '95 Percent Of Uzbeks Are Happy To Live In Uzbekistan'

“Splendid and infinite happiness” is not good enough for Uzbek President Islam Karimov, because according to the latest poll by the government’s center for public opinion, 95 percent of Uzbeks are happy to live in Uzbekistan. 

Rights allegations aside (and there's plenty here in this 2011 report by Human Rights Watch), why the sudden urge to conduct a nationwide poll?

As Uzbekistan’s state agency, UzA reports, the poll was conducted “on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the independence of Uzbekistan.”

In the run-up to Independence Day on September 1, there has been much of the same. To mark one of the state’s most important public holidays, Uzbekistan’s state news agency UzA has recently published a compendium of news articles praising Uzbekistan’s glowing achievements.

According to UzA, all citizens over the age of 18 participated in the poll and the figures rating people’s satisfaction with progress in the economy, social protection, personal safety, and human rights are all in the above-90 percentile range.

As a point of comparison, according to 2012 research done by the Pew Institute, only 29 percent of Americans were satisfied with the way things are going in their country.

The happiness, according to UzA, is testament to “Islam Karimov’s own Uzbek method of development, which has been internationally recognized.”

-- Deana Kjuka 

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by: Malik Azzam from: Kazakhstan
August 28, 2012 05:08
Perhaps all population over 18, but half of all work age people are working in the dirt of Russia, KZ, Turkey and etc. I wonder maybe poll was taken among the pensioners, who happily received their $50 pension plus $500 dollar sent from abroad from their sons and daughters. Who can not be happy with that, because that is exactly how much people need to survive in UZB.
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by: Anonymous
August 30, 2012 23:24
president daughter is a good singer , she almost sing in outside of Uzbekistan because people don't have money to take he concert ticket ,

by: justin from: sweden
August 28, 2012 10:14
I have been overwhelmed by the vast number of Uzbek expatriates rushing from the West and Russia back to the land of milk and honey in Uzbekistan. So it must be the paradise the poll shows.

by: Veysel from: Duman
August 29, 2012 18:01
I worked 3 years in Uzbekistan. People afraid of Kerimov spys a lot and they are everywhere. Most of the girls are prostitute and looking for a foreigner to get maried and run away from the country. Men are walking around to find somebody and steal his money. You cant trust anybody. All lie each other....
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by: a woman from uzbekistan
September 04, 2012 11:43
wow you sound paranoid... most of women prostitutes? I doubt you saw most of women or men of uzbekistan. having lived there all my life i haven't seen most of them

by: Murat from: Tajikistan
August 30, 2012 04:15
I have been several times in Uzbekistan. I saw people complaining about the life but the majority were afraid of complaining because they thought I am one of the Karimov's spies. When they got to know that I am actually from a neighboring country Tajikistan but came to visit my relatives they were relaxed. Even Uzbeks living outside Uzbekistan have fear telling truth about Uzbek dictator. They think they might be considered as IDU members or maybe caught by Uzbek secret agents! Remember folks, go to YouTube and see what Karimov does with its citizens - boils alive!

by: uzbekistan from: Russia
August 31, 2012 19:41
It is so funny to here from Tajik about Uzbekistan. Rahmon is most stupid and dragbaron president. All world knew that Tajikstan failed and NRCOMAN nation.

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