Stories about Tajikistan
Every year, thousands of Central Asian citizens try to overcome the restrictions attached to the citizenship they acquired at birth and apply for a Russian passport.
Russia has nominated Tajik-Russian singer Manizha as its representative for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. But many Russians reject her as the chosen face of their country at the international...
In Tajikistan, several outspoken bloggers and activists have been sent behind bars and online freedom of expression is seriously curtailed.
"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."
The #FreeKhayrullo campaign did its job and the government backed down. Now fearless Mirsaidov says he will appeal the conviction.
"I had volunteers. Many of them!"
Tajikistan issued a pictorial guide showing the "recommended" dress for women, and promised to do the same for men as well.
"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."
"Why am I here, in an alien place, far from my mother?"
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."
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.
Some 300 brides from the country's Khatlon region complained of abuse from their mothers-in-law in the first nine months of 2017.
"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."
"[Wikipedia] is free and public...It's senseless to demand editing from a source that can be edited by anyone."
"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"
The legislation also represents a shift in strategy for the Tajik government, which has historically opted to censor controversial websites and services.
Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.
"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."
"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"