· September, 2013

Stories about Tajikistan from September, 2013

“Fetishization of Somoni” Continues in Tajikistan

  26 September 2013

As Tajikistan's president unveils yet another statue of national icon Ismoil Somoni, blogger Tomiris criticizes [ru] monument monoculture in the country: Don't we have other historical figures to erect statues to? Was Somoni really the only one of its kind? I understand that this fetishization of Somoni is a political...

Tajikistan's Ubiquitous and ‘Irreplaceable’ Leader

  7 September 2013

As in most other Central Asian countries, the portraits of the president are everywhere in Tajikistan. Blogger Rustam Gulov (aka Teocrat) believes [ru] that these portraits serve a political purpose: [The portraits] are all parts of a giant machine designed to convince the people in Tajikistan that this person [the president] is...

“Central Asia is Watching [Syria] Too”

  7 September 2013

As the United States and Russia spar over the way ahead in Syria, the governments in Central Asia are following the situation closely, writes Nathan Barrick on Registan.net: Russia chooses to focus on the perspective that the Syrian government is fighting a battle against Islamic extremists and this message likely resonates...

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