Present-day Uzbekistan comes under Russian rule after they capture most of Central Asia.
Following the Bolshevik revolution and establishment of the USSR, Central Asia is reorganized into new states, including the Soviet Socialist Republic of Uzbekistan.
Pushed on by Moscow, Uzbekistan’s cotton production increases greatly. Irrigation systems made for the cotton plantations dries up much of the Aral Sea, one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters.
Uzbekistan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
An economic integration treaty is signed with Russia, as well as an economic, military, and social treaty with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The treaty with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan leads to the creation of a single economic market between the three countries.
Uzbekistan joins the Shanghai Cooperation Organization with China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
Uzbekistan loses foreign aid from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development because of an alleged poor human rights record and slow economic reform.
Hundreds of assets held by the government are sold, in an attempt to grow the private sector.