Author: Rahmatillo Muratov

Madrid (10/03 – 21.43)Exorcism is a key source of income for Sabohiddin Shodiev, a popular cleric in his rural community on the outskirts of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Shodiev — not his real name — says that every week he treats about 15 clients who ask him to expel what they believe is an evil spirit, or jinni, possessing them, or to rid them from “an evil eye.”The 53-year-old cleric has been practicing exorcisms — which he learned to do from his father — for more than two decades. Most of Shodiev’s clients come from Dushanbe and nearby districts,…

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Rustam Emomali is increasingly the face of his country on the international stage On January 29, China signed off on an agreement to hand Tajikistan the gift of $2 million to fund the construction of a conference room in a government building. As grants go, it is not a lot, but the real significance of the development lies elsewhere. As an official press release asserts, that the money was disbursed at all was the result of a visit paid to Beijing by the 36-year-old chair of the Senate, Rustam Emomali, better known to the public for being the son of President Emomali Rahmon. Common…

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Free Detained Journalists, Return Confiscated Equipment, Allow Reporting Without Censorship The Kyrgyz authorities should drop criminal cases of “war propaganda” and “calls to mass disorder” initiated against several independent media outlets, eight human rights groups said today in a joint statement. The groups facing charges include 24.KG, Temirov Live, Ayt Ayt Dese, Alga Media, Archa Media, and Politklinika, all in clear retaliation for their independent reporting. In an escalation of pressure on independent media. On January 15 and 16, 2024, Kyrgyz law enforcement agents and security services carried out early morning raids targeting media outlets and reporters. The authorities should stop intimidating…

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Kyrgyzstan must believe in miracles and take inspiration from Iraq’s shock upset of Japan in the Asian Cup ahead of their second game, when they face Roberto Mancini’s Group F heavyweights Saudi Arabia, coach Stefan Tarkovic said on Saturday. Kyrgyzstan are playing in just their second Asian Cup and though they reached the last 16 in 2019, the team ranked 98th in the world they are up against one of the top five countries in the continent who regularly qualify for the World Cup. “Miracles don’t happen many times but all the people who are with me – the staff, players and…

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The Jalal-Abad City Court found Chynygul Sherkulova, a member of the Butun Kyrgyzstan party, guilty of public calls for a violent seizure of power. The press secretary of the regional court, Mirlan Toromamatov, told Azattyk about this on January 18. According to his information, the court handed down a sentence of imprisonment for three years against Sherkulova on December 14, 2023. However, the execution of the sentence was delayed, since she is raising her 14-year-old daughter alone; Sherkulova has three children in total. Chynygul Sherkulova was detained by State Committee for National Security officers in October 2023. The reason for…

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According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the export of quarantined products in 2023 increased by 33.8%, reaching 851,499 tons, compared to the previous year’s 635,281 tons. However, it is worth noting that the overall volume of exports in January-November 2023 saw a significant reduction in potato shipments, by 27.7%. Uzbekistan emerged as the primary consumer of potatoes, receiving over 85% of the shipments. Potato exports in dollar equivalent decreased by 43.5%, amounting to $5.2 million. Average potato prices dropped by 22%, reaching $154.5 per ton. The maximum price for potatoes in the Kyrgyzstan market in 2023 was 0.51 euros per…

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Jannat Restaurant is owned by Mirlanbek “Mir” Nurmatov and managed by Kanatbek “Kanat” Satinbaev, who grew up together as cousins in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan before immigrating to the U.S. in the last 10 years, according to a city of Rolling Meadows news release announcing the grand opening and distinguished guests. “We now have … a beautiful place on our Kirchoff corridor where individuals can come and see on our main street a great place to have wonderful meals, be with their families, their friends or even potentially business acquaintances,” Mayor Lara Sanoica said at the grand opening.…

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Much like its ideological counterparts at HispanTV (Iranian-owned) and Actualidad RT (Russian-owned), Telesur wraps its incitement into a sophisticated and slick twenty-four-hour news platform through its website, broadcasts, and social media presence. Though it is difficult to gauge its influence, numbers suggest that Telesur’s message is impactful. Telesur has two million followers on its Spanish X account, 117,500 on its English X account, and more than half a million on Instagram. Its YouTube account has over 1.7 million subscribers, with 100,000 new subscribers and almost 7.4 million video views since October 7 (It also posts its videos on the Daily Motion). The network traditionally pushes out conspiracy theories, fake news, “whataboutism,”…

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Students from 14 universities of Kyrgyzstan won 28 medals at the II Universiade of the Organization of Turkic States. In total, about 500 students from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Hungary took part in it. The press service of the Ministry of Education reported. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan took 1st place in men’s futsal, 2nd place in women’s volleyball and 3rd place in men’s volleyball. Amanat Samat uulu, a student of the Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling. Kyrgyz students also won: The Universiade flag was handed to representatives of Kyrgyzstan, since the III Universiade of member countries of the Organization of Turkic States will be held in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2025. Source : 24KG

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The quality of the internet has been severely compromised by restrictions placed on the market. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that it exists. Telecommunications regulators in Tajikistan have taken a surprising step in that direction by reportedly admitting this week that a staggering 95 percent of the country’s territory is covered by only outdated 2G mobile connections. This situation is in no small part due to the State Communications Service itself. In addition to regulating the sector, the service and the people running it are also major market players, albeit in highly nebulous ways that would be unthinkable…

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