· January, 2008

Stories about Tajikistan from January, 2008

Tajikistan: The ice age. Now

  23 January 2008

Despite the fact that the long-awaited hydropower station Sangtuda-1 in Tajikistan has been launched, the population still does not feel the changes. It is worth of mentioning that only the first (out of four) turbines was launched and the other three will be on till the end of this year....

Tajikistan: Freezing Schools

  16 January 2008

Vadim reports that because of the cold classes in secondary schools were cancelled by teachers, but not by the Ministry of Education. At the same time, he opines that teachers should keep on working, as not going to school will not save students from getting cold-related diseases because most of...

Russia: Xenophobia Blogging

  15 January 2008

There seems to be more and more posts on xenophobia in the Russian blogosphere. Many are written by xenophobes, while some are written about them. Below are two recent examples of xenophobia blogging.

Tajikistan: The War over Aluminum

  14 January 2008

Joshua Foust reviews the curious saga of Talco, an aluminum plant in Tajikistan that may have been caught in some sort of predatory arrangement with Hydro, a massive state-owned Norwegian mining interest.

Tajikistan: Energy crisis worsens

  11 January 2008

Vadim reports that energy monopolists in Tajikistan have again increased prices for gas and electricity by 50 and 20 percent respectively, causing aggravation of the sector's difficult situation that had been initially caused by energy deficit.

Tajikistan: Tajik Immigrants in Russia

  10 January 2008

Jamiyat says that according to the Russian news agency Regnum reports that there were 356 deaths of immigrants from Tajikistan reported in 2007. Just to compare: There were about 450 US casualties reported in the Afghanistan campaign.

Tajikistan: Thirsty for Water

  8 January 2008

Joshua Foust reviews one of the rolling problems facing Tajikistan — the role of water as a power source and as a regular resource, and looks closer at the project of Nurek hydroelectric power plant that to address Tajikistan’s electricity shortages.

Tajikistan: Museum Renovated

  7 January 2008

Vadim has some pictures of a new museum in the center of Khujand, the second largest city of Tajikistan. The museum has been built on the ruins of an old fortress.

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