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Tajik Officials Say Sodikov Held In Dushanbe

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: Aleksandr Sodikov appeared on television describing his movements prior to his arrest. The video shows Sodikov giving a statement to the State Committee for National Security.

By RFE/RL's Tajik Service
Tajik officials have announced that a Tajik resident of Canada, Aleksandr Sodikov, is being held in Dushanbe on charges of high treason and spying. 

The State National Security Committee said June 20 that Sodikov is in temporary detention and that he has a lawyer and his family has been notified. 

The announcement comes after international right organizations expressed concern over Sodikov's whereabouts after he was detained by security authorities in the city of Khorugh on June 16. 

He was detained shortly after speaking with civil society activists, including Alim Sherzamonov, who was one of the leaders of deadly May protests against police actions that targeted suspected criminals in Khorugh. 

Sodikov, a Tajik national, has said he was touring Central Asia as part of his doctoral research at the University of Toronto and the University of Exeter in Britain.

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