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The Pamir Powderkeg
June 01, 2022

The Pamir Powderkeg

By Catherine Putz
The latest outbreak of violence in GBAO followed six months of tensions after nearly 30 years of both pressure and government neglect.

MMA Fighter Facing Charges in Tajikistan Over Pro-Pamiri Comments
April 06, 2022

MMA Fighter Facing Charges in Tajikistan Over Pro-Pamiri Comments

By Catherine Putz
The trial made an unexpected turn when an expert said Chorshanbe Chorshanbiev’s comments did not actually contain a call to violence.
Tajikistan’s Presidential Election Yields Expected Results
October 13, 2020

Tajikistan’s Presidential Election Yields Expected Results

By Catherine Putz
Another seven year term for Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Tajikistan: Why Authoritarian Elections Also Matter
October 10, 2020

Tajikistan: Why Authoritarian Elections Also Matter

By Steve Swerdlow
The upcoming presidential election in Tajikistan underscores a worsening human rights crisis. 

What’s Important About Tajikistan’s Presidential Election?
October 08, 2020

What’s Important About Tajikistan’s Presidential Election?

By Catherine Putz
What's at stake in Tajikistan's election isn't the presidency, but what comes next.

Field Set for Tajik Election, No Surprises
September 15, 2020

Field Set for Tajik Election, No Surprises

By Catherine Putz
With less than a month until election day, Rahmon stands prominently in a field of unsurprising candidates unlikely to rock the boat.

Will Emomali Rahmon Have Any Serious Challengers for the Tajik Presidency?
September 09, 2020

Will Emomali Rahmon Have Any Serious Challengers for the Tajik Presidency?

By Catherine Putz
A 30-year-old Tajik lawyer declared his intention to run and was almost immediately questioned by the security services. Rahmon is unlikely to tolerate a genuine challenger.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Seek Fifth Term
August 27, 2020

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Seek Fifth Term

By Catherine Putz
Rahmon, one of the world's longest-serving leaders, will seek a fifth term as Tajik president, setting rumors of a familial succession aside for now.

Tajik President’s Son Officially Second-in-Line to Presidency
April 20, 2020

Tajik President’s Son Officially Second-in-Line to Presidency

By Catherine Putz
With his election as chair of the Tajik parliament's upper house, Rustam Emomali is now officially second-in-line to the presidency.

Tajik ‘Election’ Delivers Expected Result
March 03, 2020

Tajik ‘Election’ Delivers Expected Result

By Catherine Putz
One “election” down, one more to go this year for Tajikistan. 

The Fall of Tajikistan’s Opposition
March 01, 2020

The Fall of Tajikistan’s Opposition

By Edward Lemon
President Emomali Rahmon has consolidated power by leading a merciless campaign against any opposition.
Tajikistan Under Review: A Familiar Litany of Human Rights Concerns
July 25, 2019

Tajikistan Under Review: A Familiar Litany of Human Rights Concerns

By Catherine Putz
Comparing Tajikistan’s last two reviews by the Human Rights Committee, it’s clear Dushnabe isn’t interested in improvement.

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