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Tajikistan Protests To Moscow Over Hate-Crime Beheading

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The Tajik Foreign Ministry has delivered a protest note to a Russian diplomat over the recent beheading of a Tajik citizen in the Moscow region.

Tajik Foreign Ministry spokesman Davlat Nazri told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that the protest letter was handed on Thursday to Vyacheslav Svetlichny, the charge d'affairs at the Russian Embassy in Dushanbe.

Nazri said Tajikistan is demanding that Russia find and punish those who executed Aziz Salohiddinov, 20, on December 5.

Salohiddinov's head was found near the village of Zhabkino, outside of Moscow, on December 6. The so-called Military Organization of Russian Nationalists claimed responsibility for the beheading.

The Tajik letter to Russia says that more than 600 Tajiks have died in Russia this year and 84 of them were killed in hate crimes.

Russia is home to about 1 million Tajik migrant workers.
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by: Mavluda from: Moscow
December 12, 2008 22:10
It is indeed a very sad news about a young man Aziz. i feel very sorry for his close ones and his countrymen who are working and living in Russia inspite of the hate crimes following them almost everywhere and every day.

It must be a shame for the great country like Russia and a city like Moscow sending dead bodies of Tajiks to Tajikistan in a peaceful time.

Moscow must not become as a 'hot spot' for Tajiks as Iraq and Afghanistan for the whole world. Even these war-torn countries are not able to kill such number of people in a war time but how come a peaceful Moscow allows to able it?




by: Romin from: Virginia, Bland County
December 22, 2008 19:36
I am really sad. Because of Tajikistan don't protect Tajik people rights in Russia. And now for this one Tajik Government is weak.

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