About ChoihonaThe Choihona, as it is transliterated from Uzbek, or Chaikhana, from Russian, is a Central Asian roadside teahouse ("choi" means "tea"), famous for its role on the ancient Silk Road linking China, the Middle East and Europe for traders, explorers, and pilgrims. This community institution has existed for centuries, providing sustenance to travelers and a place to exchange news.
Under the reign of President Islam Karimov, Uzbek society has struggled to tell its story. Independent news operations have been shut down, journalists jailed, and foreign correspondents denied access. A number of online resources are forced to work in exile, and those still gathering and publishing news inside Uzbekistan face grave risks. This kind of setting makes state propaganda, manipulation of the facts, and rumors and speculation the fare for many people.
It is our hope with this blog will provide a place where people can come to get independent and alternative news and views in contrast with the official line. We cover news on Uzbekistan from international and regional sources in English, Uzbek, and Russian and provide some commentary so as to put the complex and changing story of Uzbekistan into perspective. Contact us if you have a story or comment to share.
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