How to get ahead in business in Tashkent…

by Laurence on 10/25/2004

From The Seattle Times:

A restaurant owner in Tashkent needed a business license, a second license to sell alcohol, a third to sell tobacco, and each license cost $100, a large sum in a society where factory workers earn about $50 a month.

“And when I go to pick up my licenses I meet a bureaucrat at the bureau of licenses, and he stares at me and says, ‘Do you think that’s it?’ I have to pay 50,000 soum ($50) under the table. And I see hundreds and hundreds of business people doing the same thing.”

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