Russian citizen Oqil Sharifov, who returned to his home in ex-Soviet Tajikistan on vacation earlier this year, now won’t be going back to Russia until next year after a local court sentenced the 31-year-old man to a year in jail for filming what he determined to be local police violating
Tajikistan may ban Muslim-sounding names amid a growing fear of Islamic radicalization in the former Soviet republic. President Emomali Rahmon has instructed the country’s Parliament to consider a bill that would forbid the justice ministry from registering names with Arabic origins, officials said this week.
Technically, freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution of Tajikistan. But in reality, religious practice–at least for members of the country’s Muslim majority–is tightly controlled by the state. In recent months, Tajikistan has furthered steadied its grip on the practice of Islam with the president commenting on proper attire,