Police watching the Tashkent Metro
Kosmonavtlar Station, Tashkent MetroAnd if you ask me why, it may be related to its possible use as a refuge in case of conflict. The depth of the tunnels varies between 8 and 25 meters and can resist earthquakes of a magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale ... or the impact of artillery shells or bombs.
The forbidden attracts, I know from my own experience, but I don't even think about taking the camera off the platform of a station or inside a car. In addition to the fact that there are police on the stairs, you will also find them before passing the access barriers controlling your documentation and bags - “Passport, please? Can you open the backpack? ”- sometimes with a greeting and a smile, sometimes with cold indifference.
And in case the “No Photos” posters create any doubt, always there is at least one police or Metro employee walking on the platforms, watching that the law is fulfilled.
I have not asked, nor wanted to find out, if the consequences of breaking it are a simple warning and deletion of photos, confiscation of the camera or even, and most likely, a fine - or bribe - added to the above. Although on the border of Uzbekistan with Tajikistan I was too close to my liking to find out the seriousness with which the infractions are taken.
Kosmonavtlar Station, Tashkent Metro