Enjoy spectacular, controversial, authentic Uzbekistan in pics!

Journey through authentic Uzbekistan in pics!


Pictures and excerpts from Lada Ray’s latest Earth Shift Report 14: 




Where Uzbekistan falls on the new Eurasian map (2014)


Map of the Soviet Union: Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) is in purple, below Kazakh SSR



1. Uzbek SSR flag with Uzbek SSR crest superimposed (both based on the USSR flag and crest)


2. Today’s Uzbekistan flag (with decided influences from Muslim and US traditions) 


Uzbekistan was always famous for its cotton and its food: cotton harvest


Famed Uzbek Plov, a very delicious dish, consisting of rice, meat, garlic and spices; carrots, raisins or other dried fruit could be added as well.


Vibrant Central Asian / Uzbek bazaars haven’t changed much since the times of the old Silk Road: local breads, vegetables and spices are sold.
The only difference: now women sell produce, while in medieval times only men were allowed to trade.  A woman’s place was at home, cooking, cleaning, rearing children, while her face and body had to stay hidden at all times underneath a burqa.
It has to be strongly emphasized that this was a life of a woman in Central Asia before the 1917 Russian Revolution. 

With all its shortcomings, the Revolution and new ideas by Lenin brought a true social revolution to backwards areas like Central Asia. Women suddenly could go to school, vote, gain professions and work outside of home. 


Per Muslim custom, only males are allowed at President Karimov’s lavish funeral ceremony inside the historic Samarkand cemetery


PM Dmitry Medvedev, who has represented Russia at the late President Karimov’s funeral, consoles Karimov’s wife Tatyana Karimova and younger daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva.

Notice that Karimov’s wife is Russian, and his daughter is married to a Russian, which we can tell by their names. Like in Kazakhstan, despite 25 years of ‘independence’ and attempts to distance away from Russia, national elites remain Russian-speaking and largely connected to Russia via education, culture, wives and various relatives.


The USSR invested untold billions into meticulously restoring and preserving the historic Silk Road city of Samarkand and another gem, Bukhara. If not for Soviet restoration and preservation, today little would be left of both. 

Today, Samarkand is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The gem of today’s Uzbekistan, historic Samarkand, was once a pivotal transit point of the ancient trade route called the Silk Road. Below are historic photographs and old paintings depicting life in Samarkand.

Beggars in Samarkand, 1905


Painting: 19th century Samarkand, remnants of the Silk Road


Restored Samarkand today: UNESCO World Heritage site


For many more spectacular images of Samarkand, Tashkent, Uzbek bazaars and customs, along with history, lore, geopolitics and Lada Ray prognosis for Eurasia, EAEU and the New Silk Road





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About Lada Ray

Lada Ray is a linguist & former financial consultant with Smith Barney. Born in Russia, Lada lived and traveled to nearly 30 countries on most continents. She is the internationally certified Feng Shui Master and author of 3 novels + multiple novelettes; most notably, top-rated metaphysical thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER & bestselling thriller GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure). Lada has extensively written re. Russia, world cultures, geopolitics, empire collapse, feng shui and consciousness. She is known for her accurate predictions. Lada's Blogs: FuturisTrendcast - geopolitics and predictions. Lada Ray Blog - books, writing, world cultures. We are presently working on expanding Lada Ray Youtube channel to include Lada's original geopolitical analysis and far-reaching global predictions, as well as her mystical futurism. The world is going through a massive tectonic shift of consciousness on all levels and in all aspects of life. Make sure you are prepared! Subscribe!

Posted on September 7, 2016, in China and Asia, Economy & Investment, Empire Collapse, Eurasia, Eurasian Union, Middle East, Russia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented:
    Beautiful, I really enjoyed this latest report. Incredulously outrageous how the US manipulates post- Soviet governments in order to “try” and dominate Russia. Your picture story and history of Uzbekistan puts it all in perspective, in truly spectacular fashion. Thanks for sharing your incredible knowledge of international events! Enthusiastically reblogging!!
    PS: some of my favorite dishes are Uzbek, including plov (rice pilaf) and morkovcha (spicy pickled carrots with sesame seeds) deliciously featured here.❤

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  2. ESR14 is another breakthrough in the preservation and execution of endangered journalism. Before, Central Asia was a disjointed mosaic of “Stans” for me but Lada has put the tiles in place and this whole region is much more clear now… and with that clarity comes the ability to better understand the geopolitics at work here along with some of the major personalities. The pictures are surely NatGeo level work… both beautiful, poignant and germane. I also appreciate the maps. They assist the narrative greatly. Thanks, Lada.


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