A few of you know I married a Uzbek Russia last year some time. She's a bit of a diamond in the rough, that is to say the percentage of Russian's living in Uzbekistan (UZ) is quite low. However they can be found if one goes looking for them, though I must caution they are not like the FSU girls in Europe. Uzbekistan has a Asian vibe to it, and I guess that could be due to the fact its in central Asia.
They get more goods from Korea than western Europe, it seems less fashionable compared to eastern Europe, and I'd say 99% of the girls are not the colorful eyed, light haired girls you see gracing website covers, but they are there. For those that wish to avoid any Muslim country, relax, you'll see more of those people walking around in their garb on your street, than you will in UZ. With a Muslim population you'd think the call to prayer would be ringing daily, but in fact I only heard it once, and that was while I was sitting in my home while talking to my girl during some holiday
Covering of the face is illegal in UZ, never once did I see them with any covering. Ethnic Russian's are discriminated against, you won't see them on UZ TV , billboards, or working in government positions. All that is reserved for ethnic Uzbek's. While visiting the country my girl was subjected to this bigotry, she was somewhat shocked at the man saying she was typical of Russian's bla bla bla. She told him right back saying she was a born Uzbek, but he wasn't interested in any of it.
If you want to see the Uzbek Russians, all one needs to do is head down to the foreign affairs office and watch them getting their paperwork to leave the country.
Marriage agency's are non existent as far as I know, so if you're planning a trip over you better have some solid contacts. I found my girl on a free site, but some can be found in bigger agency's too.
Overall Uzbekistan isn't like the FSU of Europe, the ugly Soviet apartment blocks are really the one reminder, you won't (at least I never did) have any headspining moments while sitting in a cafe while the girls walked by. Though the beer is tasty and cheap. The summer heat is relentless, made only worse by the sun heating the city streets.
To get into UZ you need a visa. You must check to see if you country has UZ consulate or Embassy services, if not you may apply for the tourist visa upon entering at the Tashkent international airport. you must show proof of where you'll be staying, a hotel reservation paid in full is required with a departure date stated. You can not walk up to the kiosk and tell them you wish to look for an apartment, that doesn't work there. So have your hotel paid in advance of entry, USD for the visa (about $60 USD)
Another way is get a LOI (letter of invitation) This can be done by your girl, though the official time line is 30 days, ours took about 4 months.
Once there you will be left alone, even though police are everywhere, and never once did they bother with me. The natural beauty of the country is something to view, I'd post some photos but my little human heaterTM
always manages to block the scenery with her square in the middle of the shot. One thing to note is that Uzbek's don't strike a Milan runway pose when their photo is being taken, they do it very western I suppose.
The currency is the Uzbek Som, known in currency acronym circles as SOM. Bring cash with you, ATM's for foreigners are very rare in Tashkent. The only one I tried to use was at a 5 star hotel. The machine was deadly slow, and after several minutes it spit my card out saying nothing. You can use you visa credit card to get cash. That needs to be used at a bank that carries a visa ATM. Keep in mind it will register as a cash advance, so it is most economical to pile on money to the card so you have a credit, thus avoiding any daily interest charges.
That's the scuttlebutt on Uzbekistan a country of 26 million with about 12% of the being Russian's and falling fast.
So would you be willing to travel there? If you do you may find your very own diamond in the rough.