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Regime Poverty
Sid Yanyshev (Tashkent)
Residents of modern Uzbekistan are undoubtedly different from citizens of other Central Asian countries. This immediately catches the eye of any visitor, especially from Russia. Although, it is necessary to make a reservation: Russia is large, and residents of different regions may be different from each other. Therefore, we take note of the view of a resident of the Russian capital at a resident of the Uzbek capital.

From the point of view of the modern young Muscovite, the Tashkent people are very sluggish (however, this is a distinctive feature, perhaps, of any Eastern person). They talk slower, walk and even, for the most part, think. Immediately make a reservation that we mean the average Uzbek (not to be confused with the Uzbek, because in Uzbekistan still live representatives of many nationalities, and Russian, for example, about a million). Muscovite at first, this sluggishness is slightly annoying - exactly as long as he does not begin to treat his meeting with Tashkent as an adventure of his whole life, and his pace as exotic. However, the pace of his life does not apply to the mental abilities of an Uzbek.

By the way, personally from my point of view, Samarkand people, for example, are still more sluggish. Moreover, they sometimes do not notice the time. Dozens of times I have come across Samarkands who think that from the moment they started moving from point A to point B, no more than 15 minutes have passed, while no less than half an hour has passed.

Tashkent people love money very much. Although, who is the presence of such, and, preferably, does not like in large quantities? Here you can focus on ethnic Uzbeks. Commerce, business, or rather, trade among Uzbeks in the blood. The saying "penny saves the ruble" about them. They are ready all day long, even in the cold, to trade in small haberdashery or matches, having at the same time, literally, a penny from each item sold. For example, buying matches at the wholesale price - 20 soums (approximately 1.7 cents) per box, sell it for 25 soums (2.1 cents). At the same time, buying matches from them, you unwittingly marvel at their resignation with such insignificant profits. The same trait is well manifested in guest workers from Uzbekistan in Russia, and not only traders, but also in physical work, when they, earning $ 200- $ 300 dollars at a construction site, manage to live in almost inhuman conditions, spending on themselves $ 50 a month and sending the rest to his family home.

By the way, in comparison with the inhabitants of other Central Asian countries, for example, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the Uzbeks are extremely poor, which forces them to go to neighboring countries in search of a better life. The average monthly salary of an Uzbek is about 30-40 thousand soums ($ 25- $ 35). And despite the fact that the consumer basket in Uzbekistan is, again, approximately 100-120 thousand soums ($ 84- $ 100) per person.

Over the years of independence, the Uzbeks have become very impoverished. If at the dawn of this independence - in the beginning of the 90s of the last century, I remember that the Kazakhs came to Uzbekistan and bought bags of local bread in whole bags and even bought the local bread, now the Uzbek people buy flour, mainly in neighboring Kazakhstan and are not considered an example of better than local production. At the same time, the Uzbeks never give up, that is, optimism and faith in the great future promised by President Karimov is always present.

Meanwhile, ethnic Uzbeks are extremely thrifty and not wasteful. For all their poverty, most of them over decades of hard work manage to save money for their children's weddings, as well as their own cars. Well, with weddings, everything is more or less clear - a business that is necessary for a representative of any nationality in Central Asia. But about the average Uzbek’s own cars, there’s really some kind of prejudice - he just needs to buy a Nexia or, at worst, a Tiko, or at the very least, used Lada.

Of course, hospitality, as a national feature of the Uzbeks, can probably not be mentioned - everyone knows about it. One can doubt the sincerity of this noble feeling, but one cannot escape the fact: the Uzbeks are hospitable, and when they meet on their territory they will always offer their guests a cup of pilaf or at least a bowl of tea with a flat cake and various oriental sweets.

The average ethnic Uzbek male is not always fair to the woman, considering her to be her appendage, that is, an edge, and nothing more. True, this feeling can be directed to the wife, but not to the mother. In general, Uzbeks parents are always held in high esteem.

Ambiguous attitude of Uzbeks to animals. They are likely to treat dogs and cats with disrespect, that is, they do not see them as human friends. And crushing an ant or a beetle on the street with your foot is not only in the order of things for them, but it’s just a must. It feels like this trait is in their blood. For example, such an average Uzbek sits in a subway car, flounders with a girl, sees a beetle crawling on the floor and, without thinking twice and without interrupting the conversation, slaps him with his foot, and ... as if nothing had happened, dears further ...

In general, if you draw a line under the above, the average Uzbek is economical, generous, hospitable, optimistic, and at the same time poor and cunning. However, again, this portrait can be completely endowed with residents of many countries in the East - with minor reservations.
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Sultan
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11.03.2006, Turkey, Istanbul
Sid Yanyshev, and how did you want to see Uzbekistan after its 70 years insolently ate communism and Moscow? And in addition left the geek IA ? But about the fact that our hospitality is not sincere, it's you in vain! And yet, but in Russia they love dogs and cats, but parents of their relatives are ready to be thrown into the dustbin or, at best, into the nursing home! And about beetles and spiders you came up with something, probably in order to raise the rating of your article? About the trick, yes, you are probably right! And who after such a life will not be tricky, if they live here like cockroaches, just to survive! It's a shame for the country! P.S. Sorry if you offended!
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