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Alexander Sodiqov

A Tajikistan native, I am presently based in Canada, doing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto. I blog at Tajikistan Monitor and tweet under @asodiqov.

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Latest posts by Alexander Sodiqov

7 February 2014

Russian Commentator Mistakes Uzbekistan for Tajikistan at Olympics Opening Ceremony

A renowned Russian sports commentator mistook Uzbekistan's national team for that of Tajikistan in a live broadcast from the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

6 February 2014

Some Kazakh Bloggers Dine With the Mayor, Some Get Jail Terms

Three Kazakh bloggers have been sentenced to 10 days in jail for protesting outside a restaurant where a mayor was meeting with their fellow bloggers.

24 January 2014

“Real Patriots Choose Patriotic Names” in Tajikistan

In 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.

21 January 2014

“It Has Become Hard to Breathe”: Tajikistan's Capital Gets a Coal Plant… and Hazardous Dust

As Dushanbe's new coal-fired power plant begins to supply electricity, rising levels of coal dust set off alarm bells in the city.

19 December 2013

“Tajikistan is not the Center of the World”: Rewriting of Country's History Spurs Ridicule

As historians in Tajikistan seek to move the origins of the nation as far back in time as possible, netizens are increasingly distrustful of the updated history.

17 December 2013

Misuse of National Flag Causes a Stir in Tajikistan

An image of a Tajik flag used to collect trash has angered social media users in the country.

10 December 2013

Ukrainian TV Show Angers Tajiks

A popular Ukrainian travel series has recently aired an episode about Tajikistan. Many Tajikistanis then turned to social media to curse the video.

28 November 2013

VIDEO: Kazakh Students Sing Love Songs for President

After a massive rally in which some 3,000 students expressed their love for Kazakhstan's president, netizens compare the country to North Korea.

21 November 2013

Gulnara Karimova Ends Provocative “Twitter War” in Uzbekistan

Uzbek president's glamorous daughter has deactivated Twitter account she used to expose power struggles in Uzbekistan and feuds within the first family.

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