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Tajik journalist Dodozhon Atovulloev
Georgian authorities have released opposition Tajik journalist Dodojon Atovulloev.

Atovulloev was detained on August 20 upon arrving at Tbilisi's airport.

Atovulloev told RFE/RL by telephone on August 21 that he was released several hours after his detention and is currently back in Germany, where he has political asylum.

Atovulloev said that, after he arrived in Georgia from the Czech Republic, he was told that he was wanted by Tajik authorities, who accuse him of extremism and terrorism.

The Paris-based international media rights group, Reporters Without Borders, urged Georgian authorities to immediately release Atovulloev, calling the request by Tajik authorities politically motivated.

Atovulloev is well-known for his reports that are critical of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and members of his family.

Last month, he was denied entry at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he also arrived from Prague.
Tajik journalist Dodojon Atovuloev
Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based international media-rights group, has called on the Georgian authorities to quickly release a prominent Tajik opposition journalist.

Dodojon Atovulloev told RFE/RL by phone that he was stopped at passport control on August 20 and is being held in Tbilisi's airport after arriving from the Czech Republic.

Atovulloev said he was told he was detained at the request of Tajik authorities, who accuse him of extremism and terrorism.

Atovulloev is well-known for his reports that are critical of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and members of his family.

Reporters Without Borders said on August 20 the Tajik authorities' request to arrest him was politically motivated.

Last month, Atovulloev was denied entry at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where he also arrived from Prague.

Atovulloev, who has lived in the Russian capital for the last 20 years, survived an apparent assassination attempt last year.

He was stabbed several times in a Moscow restaurant.

He believes the attack was connected with his journalistic work.

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