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Father Frost gets cold shoulder in Uzbekistan

By From page A2 | December 11, 2012

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Taking a leaf out of a Dr. Seuss story, the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is reportedly stealing Christmas by keeping the local version of Santa Claus off the airwaves.

Independent news website UzMetronom reported Monday that President Islam Karimov’s authoritarian government imposed the informal ban on Father Frost and his snow maiden sidekick.

The characters have for decades been regular fixtures across the former Soviet world over the New Year’s holiday season.

The ban is similar to the semiofficial 2005 ban on celebrating New Year’s Eve.

Uzbekistan has proven hostile to other holidays deemed insufficiently native. In February, authorities canceled concerts for Valentine’s Day and instead organized readings of poems by medieval Mughal emperor Babur.

Karimov has been eager to eliminate Soviet culture in Uzbekistan.

The Associated Press

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