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Uzbekistani Gambling Laws

During the days of the Soviet Union, gambling was present in Uzbekistan and generally controlled by the Russian mafia. Since the country declared independence, casinos and gambling have all but disappeared from the public eye. This is due to the Islamic influence in modern-day Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan Facts

Uzbekistan, the most populous country in Central Asia, is one of only two double-landlocked countries in the world. It is bordered by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Roughly the size of Morocco, the former Soviet republic has a population of 27.7 million, making it the 56th largest country in the world.

Uzbekistan, along with the rest of Central Asia, had become part of the Soviet Union by the early twentieth century. When the Soviet Union fell, Uzbekistan declared its independence on August 31st, 1991.

The world’s second-largest exporter of cotton, Uzbekistan also relies on gold, corn and petroleum. Most of the profit from these commodities goes to the social elite, with very little benefit to the common person. During harvest time for cotton, students are used as an unpaid labor force.

Many human rights groups consider the country to have limited civil rights. The country has been accused of arbitrary arrests, torture and restricting freedom of the press and freedom of assembly.

The majority of the population is made up of Uzbeks, but Russians, Tajiks, Kazakhs, Karakalpaks and Tatars can also be found. Stalin forcibly relocated some Koreans to Uzbekistan in the 30s, so there are elements of that population, as well.

Around 88% of the country follow Islam, with the Sunni denomination being most common. Eastern Orthodox, Jews and Buddhists are also present, although in relatively small numbers.

The official language is known as the Uzbek language. Persian can be found in some cities, while Russian is often used for government and business.

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