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Electricity Shortage Affects Tajik Independent Weekly

KHUJAND, Tajikistan -- The Kazakh weekly newspaper "Varorud" is not on newsstands in the northwestern Tajik province of Sughd because a power shortage stopped the printing presses.

The independent weekly's chief editor, Jurakhon Yusufi, told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that the rationing of electricity introduced by Tajik officials on January 27 made it impossible for the local publishing house to print the weekly's issue.

Yusufi said the newspaper's staff cannot afford to buy a power generator that could resolve the problem.

Meanwhile, Khujand's publishing house is on the list of strategic entities that were to have been excluded from the electricity rationing system and should be receiving normal levels of electricity.

However, publishing house officials told RFE/RL that their building is not getting a steady supply of electricity.