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Vadim Sadonshoev

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Tajikistan: New Year, New Energy Crisis

  2 February 2009

Until recently, most parts of Tajiksitan have had almost no electricity: only six hours a day. But at least what came during those six hours was steady. Now, the situation becomes worse. Turkmenistan cut off electricity for Tajiksitan in the beginning of the year due to an ongoing disagreement between...

Tajikistan: Olympics Blogwatch

  6 August 2008

One of the major events in the world of sports is going to happen in Beijing during the coming month. Almost all the countries are proudly sending their sportsmen to take part in different competitions and win in the name of their nations. Tajikistan is one of those countries which...

Tajikistan: The power of gossip

Recently, the Uzbek website UzMetronom disseminated information about possible murder of Hasan Sadulloev, the bother-in-law of Tajik President Rahmon. Hasan is considered to be one of the wealthiest and powerful persons in today's Tajikistan. According to the website, Hasan was shot by his nephew on May 2 and died in...

Tajikistan: Poor country's most expensive trial

The poorest country in Central Asia, Tajikistan initiated the most expensive trial in the history of British legal proceedings. Tajikistan will pay 120 million USD for the legal fees which represents 5,2 percent of the country’s entire GDP. A bone of contention is the Tajik Aluminum Company (Talco), fully owned...

Tajikistan: Electricity in Exchange of Salaries

The mayor of Dushanbe and Chairman of the Tajik Parliament's Upper Chamber Mamadsaid Ubaidulloev proposed a strange way to raise funds for construction of Rogun hydropower station – one of the biggest energy projects in Tajikistan. He calculated all salaries of the Dushanbe residents and drew a conclusion that if...

Tajikistan: Unjust Distribution of Wealth

  16 April 2008

It is almost impossible to have a profitable business in Tajikistan if you follow all rules and regulations set by the state. People bitterly joke that the easiest way to become a wealthy man is to become a governmental official or a person close to the government. Perhaps, it is...

Tajikistan: Politicized Navruz

  27 March 2008

Navruz is one of the main celebrations for Tajiks. This time — more than ever — it means end of one of the harshest winter in several decades. People could hardly wait for these warm days that have come with the beginning of spring. Navruz has been celebrated throughout the...

Tajikistan: Hunger to Replace Cold and Darkness

  13 March 2008

Tajikistan is a small country with big problems. The nation, particularly the rural population, is still suffering from energy crisis, but yet another crisis is going to embrace it very soon. This time it's about food. Neweurasia reports that Barki Tojik – the country's electricity monopolist – promises to solve...

Tajikistan: Energy Crisis Is Not Enough to Lose Patience

  25 February 2008

The continuing energy crisis is, probably, the worst problem that Tajikistan ever faced since the end of civil war. Neweurasia reports that most of the population is barely surviving this winter – the harshest in several decades – against the background of constant blackouts. The situation is even more desperate...

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....

Tajiksitan: Parliament against witches

  21 December 2007

Tajikistan is trying to put a spell on witchcraft and fortune-telling. Actually, this comes as a no-surprise to many Tajiks after all those strange laws that have been passed one after another by our parliament. The bill on witchery is also part of the “Cultural Revolution” in Tajikistan, started earlier...

Tajikistan: Blast in the Dushanbe – Plot or Not?

  21 November 2007

Last week the bomb explosion frightened the whole population of Tajikistan, killing one person. As Josh Foust of Registan reports, early in the morning – at around 8 a.m., Dushanbe time, a poor street cleaner picked up a plastic bag, which exploded in his hands. It happened near the administrative...

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Tajikistan: Travelogue Impressions

  3 November 2007

There is interesting story of an American woman who travels around Tajikistan and writes a travelogue. It seems like she is not really happy with the service in this country but she loves to talk to people and know about their life and traditions. In two days she had so...

Tajikistan: Arts and Culture

  3 November 2007

This week Firuz at Tajik-Tajik blog neweurasia shared the story of a handicraftsman from Istravshan (northern Tajikistan) who was involved in leather working since childhood and for almost 60 years. He inherited this skill from his father and his father from his father. This tradition is inherited from father to...

Tajikistan: Corruption and Energy

  3 November 2007

Perhaps the main discussion on the Tajik blogosphere this week was caused by the reports that the head of the new State Financial and Corruption Control Agency, Sherhon Salimov, only earns $300 USD a month, and that the salaries of others who work in this agency are even lower. This...

Tajikistan: Beating the US

  23 August 2007

One of the most discussed topics on Tajik blogs recently was the loss of the US U-17s to the Tajik team in the Under–17 Football World Cup. This and much more in this week's blogosphere roundup.

Tajikistan: Meet The New Changes

A new law is set to restrict the activities of all religious groups; an Indian airbase in the country feeds the imagination of Indian bloggers; the heroin trade has some devastating social consequences; a camera saves you from paying bribes; and different investment is needed in the cotton sector - find all that in this week's blog roundup from Tajikistan.

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