Uzbekistan — Buyuk kelajak bo'lgan Davlat!

This blog is dedicated to providing rigorous analysis of current events in Uzbekistan. Debate and criticism are welcome, please inform me if you would like to offer a correction.


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The Prospects for South Ossetian Integration

On October 21, President Leonid Tibilov of the Republic of South Ossetia — an ethnically distinct region of Georgia which declared independence during the collapse of the USSR — has announced his tiny nation of 50,000 will hold a referendum on applying to join the Russian Federation. Many deride this move as an expression of Russian neoimperialism at its worst, but in all likelihood this is a move driven by the Ossetians. To understand the eagerness of Tskhinvali and the apprehension of Moscow on the issue of unification — or “re-unification” as many Ossetian politicians refer to it — we have to understand the unique history of the region and the reasons for Russian involvement there.

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