Category Archives: Politics

“Real Patriots Choose Patriotic Names” in Tajikistan

2005_Tajikistan_Passport-200x200In Tajikistan, a person’s name is no longer a private matter. Officials insist that a name is an indication of the degree of patriotism of its bearer.

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Social Media in Tajikistan’s Election: A “Milestone” or Just “Noise”?

thumbelections-200x200There was an unprecedented amount of social media buzz around the recent presidential polls in Tajikistan. There is little agreement, however, about whether the buzz made any real difference.

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Tajikistan Votes in “Imitation” of Presidential Elections

tj_rahmonvotes-200x200Today’s elections in Tajikistan will extend the two-decade-long presidency of Emomali Rahmon for another seven years. The vote does not have even a modicum of suspense.

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Why Rahmon Will Win the Elections Tomorrow: “Beer Shop” Explanation

It is official now: most voters arriving at the polling stations tomorrow to vote in Tajikistan’s presidential elections will have no idea that they have options other than the incumbent president. Media have done a great job in debunking the illusion that there multiple candidates in this year’s elections.


ASIA-Plus has interviewed people in Dushanbe, asking them which candidates they know of. Is anyone really surprised that Emomali Rahmon is the only candidate everyone recalls? What one can find surprising, however, is that although most people interviewed did not know of other candidates, they were still going to vote on the election day.

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November 5, 2013 · 12:53

Tajikistan Introduces Controversial “Ethics Code” For Internet Users

odobnomaseAs Tajikistan adopts ethical guidelines for the users of internet services and personal electronic devices, netizens fear that he authorities might use the document to control free expression.

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