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Tajik, Russian Interior Ministers Discuss Cooperation

Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev (right) with President Dmitry Medvedev
KAZAN, Russia -- Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and his Tajik counterpart Abdurakhim Kakharov convened a session of their ministries' Joint Collegiate in the capital of the Tatarstan region, Kazan, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.

They discussed joint measures against illegal migration, drug trafficking, and international extremism.

Central Asian countries have become a transit corridor for illegal drug traffickers from Afghanistan in recent years, while criminal groups in Central Asia and Russia are involved in assisting labor migrants to travel to Russia and further to European countries illegally.

In recent months, several Central Asian nationals were detained in Russia's North Caucasus and accused of being involved in extremist religious groups.

The Russian-Tajik Interior Ministries' Collegiate discussed joint measures to tackle these issues.