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For centuries Central Asia was the territory where interests of great nations used to conflict with each other, where due to its geopolitical situation there were formed centers of world trade and science, where there were established scientific, religious and philosophical schools which later had a great impact on the development of the world's civilization. The modern historians call Central Asian region "the brightest necklace in the Great Silk Road treasury". Being consolidated into one historical and ethnographic region, it belongs to the most ancient areas of human habitat.

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Great deserts of the Karakum and Kyzylkum and great rivers of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, vast areas of Turan and the skyscraping tops of the Pamirs, the mountain 'sea' Issik Kul and the largest 'lake' in the world – the Caspian Sea, a network of concrete highways that run across plains and the Karakum Canal that brings water to the locations as far away as one thousand five hundred kilometers, sandy hills and arterial gas pipeline that runs to the world's end, the monuments of antiquity and modern Underground, Tashkent, a metropolis with population of more than two million people, and continuously developing Astana, – all this is Central Asia.

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"Five brothers together under one roof" - this can be said about Central Asian countries: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. All of them have common Central Asian; they have common sky above them. Central Asia is a name given to a vast area stretching from the Chinese border in the East to the Caspian Sea in the West, and from Russia in the North to Iran and Afghanistan in the South.

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Today, as the idea of the Great Silk Road revival is being implemented, the international community shows an increased interest in the countries through which the branches of this road used to run. The former Soviet Central Asian republics are among them. The world's interest to the current affairs of these countries, their history and rich material and spiritual Silk Road heritage which has been preserved here, has considerably increased after these countries became independent.