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Karimov's New Prison Designed to Isolate Former Uzbekistan Officials

Friday, July 27, 2007

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- In the fading light of a summer's evening, the three-story yellow building, standing in the middle of a cozy yard of coniferous trees in the north of this city, seems warm and inviting. It has the allure of a new house. But the high walls topped with concertina wire, the metal doors, and bars on the windows remind visitors it is a prison -- albeit a very special kind of prison.

A man who introduces himself as foreman Sasha emphasizes that the prison "fully meets all international standards." He offers a tour of the facility his team has built. ...

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