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Stories about Tajikistan

‘Even by leaving us she gave us a lesson': Fearless rights defender's death shocks Tajikistan

"She was not silent when others buried their heads in the sand. She risked her life every day and knew the value of this risk."

Tajikistan releases whistleblower but leaves conviction in place

The #FreeKhayrullo campaign did its job and the government backed down. Now fearless Mirsaidov says he will appeal the conviction.

‘Internet is not for the Tajik language'? A crowdsourced soccer blog marks 10 years

"I had volunteers. Many of them!"

Hijabs and mini-skirts: What not to wear in Tajikistan

Tajikistan issued a pictorial guide showing the "recommended" dress for women, and promised to do the same for men as well.

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

Veto Viber? Tax Telegram? Such Are Tajikistan's Tech Company Conundrums

Once asked why the government was raising a tax on mobile phone companies, the tax chief responded: "Now even barefooted ones have a mobile phone."

13 Things Banned (or Strongly Discouraged) in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

Why Tajik Brides Live in Fear of Their In-Laws, Even Before They Get Married

Some 300 brides from the country's Khatlon region complained of abuse from their mothers-in-law in the first nine months of 2017.

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

Tajikistan Authorities Invite Ridicule with Demand Wikipedia Correct ‘Spelling Mistakes’

"[Wikipedia] is free and public...It's senseless to demand editing from a source that can be edited by anyone."

Muslims in the Former Soviet Union Rally Behind Myanmar's Besieged Rohingya

"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"

Tajik Parliament Plans to Monitor Citizens Who Visit ‘Undesirable’ Websites

The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.

Kyrgyzstan Blocks Archive.org on ‘Extremism’ Grounds

Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.

The Sad State of Tajikistan's Online Opposition

"While one [fake account] should play the role of an “angry bird” and mercilessly bomb everyone who speaks against you, another one should use softer, more diplomatic language."

Going Postal: Tajikistan Stops DHL, UPS and Pony Express in Their Tracks

"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"

Why Trump's Hostile Handshake Routine Was No Big Deal for Tajikistan's President

Never try to strong-arm the strongman.

Corruption Fighters Slapped with Corruption Charges in Graft-Prone Central Asia

"Everything turned rotten a long time ago. There is nothing left to save!"

Did Tajikistan’s ‘First Parrot’ Flee Its Gilded Cage?

A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.

A Very Central Asian Football Match in Tweets

"Maksadbek Alimov misses clear chance to pull one back for Alai at 39.43. Man behind me calls him a долбоёб."

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

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