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  • Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchange documents June 4, 2012, after their talks in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Putin and Karimov signed the Declaration of Enhanced Strategic Partnership between the two countries and the Memorandum of Understanding at their talks in Tashkent. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

    Uzbek privatization plans cast doubt

    Uzbekistan's announcement that it will privatize key state-owned assets has evoked skepticism about the former Soviet republic's commitment to economic reform.

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