Author: Kurmanzhan Khasanov

Warsaw, Berlin (25/3 – 80) A diverse group of Pamiri and Ismaili interest groups gathered to discuss the terror attack in Moscow. “We reject the notion this were Pamiris or Ismailis representing us”, said one of the spokespeople, who want to remain anonymous out of fear of persecution by the Tajik authorities. “They are Takfiris”, he said. Non-believers, apostates to the cause. The majlis (meeting) was called after Moscow was quick to blame Tajik immigrants for the terror attacks. Previous warnings were ignored by Moscow. “We as a Pamiri community do not belief in the use of violence against the…

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A year ago Germany deported to Tajikistan an activist from that country’s exiled opposition movement who had been living in Dortmund since 2009. What happened next is a shocking example of what can occur when Germany fails to uphold safeguards in its increased efforts to deport unsuccessful asylum seekers. The Bundestag this month gave police greater powers to carry out deportations. The activist, Abdullohi Shamsiddin, 33, was deported to Tajikistan on January 18 2023. He was detained on arrival by the security services. Two months later he was convicted of trying to overthrow the constitution and jailed for seven years. No credible…

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On a crisp afternoon in November, Bakyt Choitonbaev picked his way along a narrow trail, pushing through spiky shrubs of ephedra before stopping at a small pool of bright green water and pointing out well-worn patches of dirt where visitors kneel to pray. Pilgrims, Choitonbaev explained, come from around Kyrgyzstan to this spring and half a dozen others nearby to seek healing from illnesses or help bearing children. This community leader lives in nearby Bokonbayevo, a town of 14,000 people at the foot of the snowcapped Tian Shan mountains in this central Asian country. For the past seven years, he said, he…

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Coal imports to Kyrgyzstan have almost halved. The National Statistical Committee provided such data, Azernews reports, citing 24.kg News Agency. According to statistics, from January to September 2023, about 469,500 tons of coal was imported into the country. Of this amount, the supply of solid fuel is 459,400 (821,500 tons were imported into the Kyrgyz Republic for the same period last year). The supply of brown coal reached 10,100 tons. Almost all imported coal comes to the country from Kazakhstan. Earlier, the Ministry of Energy reported that in preparation for the autumn-winter period of 2023-2024 it was planned to supply 1.2 million…

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The autumn session of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS States will be held in Bishkek on November 16-17, 2023. The Main Traffic Safety Department reported. During the passage of delegations, the following sections of roads will be temporarily closed: «Due to the importance of the events held, we ask you to take with understanding the restrictions introduced and, in order to avoid traffic jams, comply with the Traffic Rules and the culture of behavior on the roads, and do not leave vehicles along these streets. Depending on the situation, if other roads are closed, additional information will be provided,» the Traffic Safety Department stressed. Source : 24KG

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Toronto, Atlanta (28/11 – 20) A wise old expression intones “Behind every bad borrower is a bad lender”. Like many such cute, amusing aphorisms, it is accurate as far as it goes … but what if? What if a loan approval is held up, then granted, after a couple of phone calls from the office of the Vice President? What if the borrower is a crony or relative of Mr. Big, which is what practically bankrupted Indonesia, when the Soeharto vampire children took out multi-hundred-million-dollar “loans” (wink wink) for projects whose profit-making potential was near zero? What is the potential…

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Berlin (24/11 – 50) The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan sentenced five Pamiri leaders from the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) to life imprisonment. They are Tolib Ayombekov, Nazhmiddin Sherchonov, Imumnazar Shoishirinov, Munavvar Shanbiev and Niyozsho Gulobov. The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan announced their detention in June of this year, presenting everyone as “leaders of an organized criminal group in the city of Khorog” – the administrative center of GBAO. According to information from the law enforcement agency, Shanbiev and Ayombekov were among those with whom the country’s authorities signed separate agreements in October…

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The nationwide discussion board, devoted to the event of the garment and textile trade, is scheduled to happen in Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek on November 28, Trend reviews. The discussion board will include two primary segments. Firstly, it can cowl the subject of enterprise and authorities interplay within the mild trade sector. This section will have interaction audio system in discussing mechanisms for business-government collaboration aimed toward supporting and advancing the textile and garment trade. The second section will revolve round style and textiles. It goals to discover methods for exporting Kyrgyzstan’s textile merchandise to international markets. Experts and specialists from numerous…

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Warner Bros Pictures plans to shoot a video about Kyrgyzstan. The Tourism Development Support Fund reported, Azernews reports, citing 24.kg News Agency. One of the three major world tourism exhibitions, WTM London, took place in the UK. The Kyrgyz Republic was represented by 14 largest travel companies in the country. «Our republic is interesting for the world: not just as a new destination that tourists are just beginning to discover, but also as a destination based on the principles of sustainable tourism, which are very respected in the world. In this regard, foreigners are very interested in glampings and yurts as alternative…

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Berlin (06/11 – 58) UN Special Rapporteur of Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor, has once again called on the authorities of Tajikistan to release imprisoned Tajik journalists and bloggers. Mary Lawlor posted on her social media account, formerly Twitter, that during a meeting with Tajikistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Jonibek Hikmat, in New York on October 24, she reiterated her call for the Tajik authorities to release the convicted human rights defenders and journalists, including Daler Imomali, Abdullo Gurbati, and Ulfatkhonim Mamadshoeva. Last year, in Tajikistan, eight journalists and bloggers were sentenced to various prison terms, ranging from 7…

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