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Gazprom Subsidiary Raises Gasoline Price In Tajikistan

Gas prices have now risen to 4.50 somonis, or more than $1.

Gas prices have now risen to 4.50 somonis, or more than $1.

DUSHANBE -- Gazprom-Neft-Tajikistan, which controls some 60 percent of the gasoline market in Tajikistan, has announced a retail price hike of over 25 percent, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Gazprom-Neft-Tajikistan, a subsidiary of Russia's Gazprom Neft oil and gas producer, said the new gasoline price at the pump will be between 4.40 and 4.50 somonis (just over $1) per liter.

The Russian government imposed higher tariffs on the export of oil products to Tajikistan on May 1.

The price of gasoline at filling stations in Dushanbe today ranged from 4.20--4.50 somonis per liter, compared with less than 4 somonis before the announced price increase.

Amonullo Ashur, the head of Tajikistan's state antimonopoly agency, told RFE/RL that they are monitoring the situation and will probably ask the Russian company to review its new prices, which Ashur described as "excessive."

Separately, Gazprom-Neft-Tajikistan says it is concerned that 260 of its freight cars carrying gasoline are currently stranded in Uzbekistan due to an ongoing dispute between the Tajik and Uzbek governments. A spokesman said the delay has cost the company $1.3 million.