After two attacks on Friday September 4th that left a reported 22 people dead in the Tajik capital Dushanbe and the nearby town Vahdat, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has now confirmed that former Deputity Defence Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda was involved in the attacks. He has been charged with sabotage, terrorism, treason and the organization of an extremist community. Nazarzoda and “as many as 130” of his supporters fled to the mountainous Ramit Gorge, where a special investigation group of officers of the National Security State Committee (NSSC), the Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s office have started an operation to detain them. According to Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon they are “evil terrorists” who are “pursuing the same goals as IS” and want to “undermine his rule”.
Op 18 juni vond de laatste bijeenkomst van het FMS Talent Project plaats. Deze laatste bijeenkomst stond in het teken van onderhandelen. Om de talenten te trainen in deze vaardigheid werd er een simulatiespel gedaan. Als thema was gekozen voor de waterproblematiek in Centraal-Azië.
The fugitive Tajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvvatov has been shot dead in Istanbul, Turkey. He was wanted by Dushanbe on fraud charges that were, as he said, politically motivated. Kuvvatov was an outspoken critic of current Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon. He has recently accused Rakhmon of corruption and nepotism.
Access to the move-sharing website YouTube has been partially blocked in Tajikistan on Tuesday 10 June. The Tajik government has been blamed for blocking the website but denies all involvement. In 2013 the Tajik authorities blocked YouTube after a movie of a dancing and singing President Emomallii Rahmon was uploaded onto the Internet.