Tajikistan: Intelligentsia Feud Flares in Dushanbe

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, seen here on a billboard in the capital Dushanbe, recently greeted the return of Bozor Sobir, a well-known Tajik poet who has lived in the United States for 19 years. Sobir, who received a free apartment upon his return, is now openly supportive of Rahmon’s administration, drawing fierce criticism from a prominent journalist. The leader of the official Writers’ Union has threatened to sue the journalist, Olga Tutubalina, for libel. (Photo: EurasiaNet)

Official recognition as a member of the intelligentsia in present-day Tajikistan means lots of perks, including apartments and access to state-funded vacation resorts. In exchange, members – described as the “conscience of the nation” – are expected to support incumbent authorities.

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Konstantin Parshin is a freelance writer based in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan: Intelligentsia Feud Flares in Dushanbe

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