Getting there was a LONG four-hour journey in the back of a taxi with two of the largest Uzbek men I have seen!It wasn’t comfortable, especially in 35 degree heat with only retro air con (windows open).Karimov led Uzbekistan since before the 1991 Soviet collapse, first as its communist boss and then as its president.During his long tenure, he ruthlessly crushed all opposition and was denounced by international rights groups for abuses that included killings and torture.
The 59-year old Mirziyoyev faced three nominal rivals Sunday.
(AP Photo/Umida Akhmedova) Karimov became the leader of Uzbekistan in 1989, when it was a Soviet republic, and held power with ruthless determination throughout all of Uzbekistan's independence.
He crushed opposition, repressed the media and was repeatedly denounced by activists abroad for human rights violations including killings and torture.
Luckily the road was 80% tarmac but there are sections in-between that are just gravel so it becomes very bumpy and uncomfortable especially with a couple of large sweaty men next to you!
By the time anyone reading this visits I assume most of the road will be complete.