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Latest Tajikistan News

Two Alleged Tajik Islamists Go On Trial On Extortion Charges

Two alleged members of an Islamist group in Tajikistan's northern city of Khujand have gone on trial on money extortion charges. More

An employee walks inside TALCO's aluminium smelter complex in Tursunzade.

'Terrorist Act' At Tajik Aluminum Plant Prevented

Tajikistan's security services have reportedly prevented a terrorist act at the TALCO company, the largest aluminum plant in Central Asia. More

Tajik Inmate Has Prison Term Extended For Killing Warden

A jailed hairdresser has had his sentence extended to a 30-year prison term for stabbing a prison warden to death with scissors in Tajikistan's southern city of Kulob. More

Uzbekistan Jails 3 As Tajik Spies

Three women in Uzbekistan have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for spying for Tajikistan. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Welcome To The Age Of Coal

Central Asia is known for many reasons but two things stand out in coverage of the region these days -- the geostrategic location in terms of security and its energy resources. More

Tension Or Tranquility: A Tale Of Two Valleys

We present Emily Canning and her review of a new book about Central Asia titled "Restless Valley Revolution Murder and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia," by Phillip Shishkin, who spent 10 years as a correspondent for "The Wall Street Journal." More
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Features & Commentary

Afghans Criticize Government’s Handling Of International Norouz Event

The Afghan government has angered many Afghans by ditching a plan to hold an international Norouz festival in a multimillion-dollar castle specifically built for the event.

Central Asian Migrants Feel Pinch Of Kazakh Devaluation

The effects of Kazakhstan's currency devaluation reach far and wide, as migrant workers whose family members depend on remittances have come to find out.

Tajik Mullahs Set To Learn Marketable Skills

Tajik authorities have a message for mullahs: learn marketable skills, and get regular jobs.

Interview: 'The Tenge Follows The Ruble'

The devaluation of Kazakhstan's tenge comes close on the heels of the devaluation of another major regional currency, the ruble. Is there a connection? RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel speaks with Alex Nice, a Central Asia expert at the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit.

Video A Closeted Life For Tajik Sexual Minorities

After 25 years spent hiding his true sexual identity, a Tajik man has decided to describe his closeted life in a country not known for its tolerance for sexual minorities.

Ticked 'Ov': Tajik Officials Unhappy Russian Surnames Back In Fashion

Just a few years ago Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov led a de-Russification trend when he lopped the '-ov' from his surname. Now Tajik officials are complaining that Russian-style names are back in fashion.

Tajik Imams Get A Makeover

One thing that stands out when it comes to religion in Tajikistan is its uniformity. Thanks to a new initiative, all the country's imams will soon be wearing a new outfit designed and approved by the state's religious authorities.

Small Exclave Spells Big Problems For Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

A clash between Kyrgyz and Tajik border guards around the village of Vorukh is again focusing attention on the problem of cross-border exclaves in Central Asia. What's behind the tensions?
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