Uzbekistan: persevering through pain Azamat became a Christian in the early days of Uzbekistan’s independence, soon after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, when, he says, the country ‘was a much freer place than it is now’. World Watch Monitor Uzbek women in the town of Khiva | photo: iStock Azamat, now in his 40s with a wife and two children, talks about his long-running battle to keep his church going under severe oppression from the authorities. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.