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Detained Tajik Man Charged With High Treason, Spying

Detained Tajik Researcher Appears On TVi
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June 20, 2014
Aleksandr Sodikov, an independent researcher detained June 16 by Tajik security authorities in the eastern province of Gorno-Badakhshan, appeared on television describing his movements prior to his arrest. The video, broadcast by local state television on June 18, shows Sodikov giving a statement to the State Committee for National Security. Sodikov, who had flown to Tajikistan from his home in Canada, said he was detained in Khorugh after meeting with Alim Sherzamonov, one of the leaders of deadly antipolice protests that broke out in the city in May. Sodikov's television appearance came amid numerous statements by international rights groups expressing concern over his detention.(From Gorno-Badakhshan state regional television)

WATCH: Sodikov appears on local state TV explaining what happened prior to his arrest.

By RFE/RL's Tajik Service
A Tajik man living in Canada who was detained by Tajik security authorities in the city of Khorugh has reportedly been charged with high treason and spying.

Aleksandr Sodikov was detained in Khorugh on June 16 shortly after speaking with civil society activists, including Alim Sherzamonov.

Sherzamonov was one of the leaders of deadly May protests against police actions that targeted suspected criminals in Khorugh.

Sodikov, 31, is a Tajik national residing in Canada.

He said he has been touring Central Asia as part of his doctoral research at the University of Toronto and the University of Exeter in Britain.

Sodikov was shown on local television in Khorugh on June 18, speaking about his research work and his meeting with Sherzamonov.

Amnesty International, Freedom House, and Human Rights Watch have issued statements expressing concern over Sodikov's detention and urging Tajik authorities to provide detailed and timely information about his situation.

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