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WATCH: Tajikistan's deputy defense minister is on the run after being accused of masterminding attacks that killed eight police officers.

Video Tajikistan: 17 Killed In 'Terrorist' Attacks

Tajik officials say eight police officers and nine alleged assailants have been killed in attacks in and around the capital, prompting the U.S. Embassy to close and sparking fears of further violence in the Central Asian country. More

Asia, Ex-Soviet Union Leaders To Make Show Of Support At Chinese WWII Event

Chinese authorities are planning lavish celebrations marking the anniversary of the end of World War II on September 3, an event largely being shunned by Western leaders but drawing a host of leaders from Asia and the former Soviet Union. More

Supporters of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan sort preelection leaflets at party headquarters in the capital, Dushanbe, in February.

Tajik Islamic Party Banned

The Tajik Justice Ministry has banned the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) and given the only officially registered Islamic party in the former Soviet Union 10 days to halt all activities. More

Saidumar Husaini, deputy chairman of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan

Tajik Islamic Party Vows To Stay Active Despite Obstacles

Central Asia's only unbanned explicitly Islamic party has vowed to continue its political activities despite obstacles imposed by Tajik authorities. More

Ildar Sakhapov was sentenced to 13 years and Fyodor Basimov got 17 years.

Russian Soldiers Jailed In Tajik Killing

Two Russian soldiers have been found guilty of killing a Tajik taxi driver and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. More

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Audio Central Asia's Economic Crisis Arrives

When the price of oil started falling and Russia's economy began to weaken in 2014, it was clear the five Central Asian states would face economic difficulties. But Kazakhstan's recent devaluation, coupled with China's sudden downturn, herald the start of the bad economic times the region has been dreading. More

Audio What Next For The Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan?

In early August, news broke that Usmon Ghazi, the current leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), had pledged the Central Asian militant group's allegiance to Islamic State. In an attempt to shed some light on the IMU's current situation, RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service assembled a panel to discuss this development, Ghazi's leadership of the movement, and what it could mean for the IMU’s future. More
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Features & Commentary

Alleged Police Beating Of Bearded Tajik Student Prompts Outrage, Investigation

Allegations that a beard-wearing university student was brutally beaten by Tajik police during his summer break has sparked public outrage in a country where such incidents are not exactly uncommon.

Facebook Photos Help Convict Tajik 'Birthday Boy'

In a Tajik first, prosecutors have used Facebook photos and friends' comments to charge a man for partying too hard.

Hard Times: Why Are Commodity-Exporting Countries In Trouble?

As commodity-exporting countries worldwide face problems, Kazakhstan is the latest to feel the economic pain.

Video 'Street-Sweeping' Dushanbe Teen Unmoved By 'Atlas Of Beauty' Fuss

A 19-year-old Tajik gardener takes it all in stride when her photo for a Romanian photographer's Atlas Of Beauty project takes the Central Asian Internet by storm.

The Crimes Of Russian Soldiers Abroad

As the trial of a Russian private accused of slaughtering an entire Armenian family in January gets under way in Gyumri on August 12, RFE/RL takes a look at some of the worst crimes Russian soldiers have been accused of committing abroad, off the battlefield.

IMU Declares It Is Now Part Of The Islamic State

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is not only allied to the Islamic State (IS) group, it now considers itself part of it.

Young Tajiks Embrace Skype Marriages

When it comes to family matters, young Tajiks appear to be taking full advantage of new technology.

Bad News: Tajikistan Tells Officials To Speak First To State Media

Dushanbe's new directive to officials to speak first to the state news agency could dramatically reduce independent journalists' access to information.

'IS Babies' -- The Chilling New Trend Among Islamic State Militants

The sharing of baby and toddler photos has become a disturbing new phenomenon among Islamic State recruits who've come from the Russian Federation and Central Asia.

Tajiks Want Statue Immortalizing 'Bear Man'

Tajik social media users are raising money to build a statue of a man who used to roam the streets of Dushanbe in the company of an unusual pet: a big brown bear named Maria.
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