Uzbekistan: New Currency Rules Stoking Economic Anxiety

A digital billboard in Tashkent advertises the March 6, 2012, official Uzbek-sum-to-US-dollar exchange rate, which now stands almost one year later at 2,016 sums per US dollar. Following recent new rules restricting the sale of foreign cash to the public, the black market rate in Uzbekistan seems to have stabilized with the dollar now changing hands at between 2,600 and 2,700 sums. (Photo: Joanna Lillis)

Following a tumultuous roll out, the signs coming out of Uzbekistan suggest that citizens are coming to terms with new regulations restricting the sale of foreign currency.

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Murat Sadykov is the pseudonym for a journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Uzbekistan: New Currency Rules Stoking Economic Anxiety

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