Category Archives: Tajikistan

Rahmon Named Tajik National Leader

A new law passed in Tajikistan declares current President Emomali Rahmon “Leader of the Nation.” While the exact meaning of the title is unclear, Dushanbe is abuzz with speculation that the Rahmon family is preparing to rule the country forever. The new law grants Rahmon full immunity and impunity, meaning he will not be held [...]
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Tajik Authorities Blame Currency Dealers in Devaluation

Worried about a collapse of the somoni, Tajik authorities have decided to close all currency exchange points in the country and prohibit the activities of all foreign currency dealers. Analysts warn the policy will be counterproductive. The National Bank of Tajikistan said in a statement that private currency dealers are exchanging too many somoni banknotes [...]
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Tajikistan Declares Open Season on Independent Lawyers

Tajik authorities have begun a campaign against lawyers representing political opposition. With multiple cases of independent attorneys being imprisoned, many in Tajikistan worry that Dushanbe is starting a countrywide hunt. On September 29, the Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs officials arrested the official lawyer of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), Buzurmehr Yerov. Just [...]
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Death of Infant Tajik Immigrant Sparks Debate in Russia

While Russian authorities investigate the death of a Tajik labor migrant’s baby in Saint Petersburg, the public has started raising a number of important questions regarding the state’s treatment of immigrants. A five-month-old baby of two undocumented Tajik immigrants died due to undisclosed causes in Saint Petersburg on October 14. The baby died a day [...]
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Dushanbe Residents Fear Erasure of City’s History

In 1929 in the Kolkhoz House, currently the Vladimir Mayakovsky Drama Theater, a document was signed declaring the independence of the Tajik SSR from the Uzbek SSR. The building is a flagship stop on any tour of Dushanbe, but this might not be the case for much longer. Along with the Vladimir Mayakovsky Theater, a [...]
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