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  • Officials Examine Sprawling Shadow Economy in Tajikistan

    A shadow economy that is depriving the Tajikistan treasury of tax revenue accounts for up to 20%  of the central Asian country’s total economy, the head of the country’s State Investment Committee said on Wednesday, blasting illegal activities by businesses for much of the problem.

  • Son of Tajik Official Will Lose Firm Licence

    Apartments built by the construction company of the son of a Tajik government official were so poorly built that authorities said on Friday they will withdraw the firm’s licence. The poor construction did not prevent the father from selling out all flats during working hours from his government office.

  • The Man With Two Faces

    Nikolai Nikolaev has portrayed himself as a friend of the Tajikistani opposition, a human rights activist, and a vocal critic of Russian government. So why do activists he befriends keep disappearing?

  • Kidnapping, Torture, and Freedom

    Sharofiddin Gadoev was a successful businessman, then an opposition activist, then a refugee in hiding. This is the story of his kidnapping in Moscow, his torture at the hands of Tajikistani authorities, and his escape.

  • Foul Language and Secret Prisons

    When investigating why Russian border guards refused to let a Tajik citizen leave the country, a journalist discovered that the FSB has been systematically using remote police stations across southern Russia as secret prisons. Victims are detained for weeks on petty charges, such as swearing in public.

    Credit: Maria TolstovaCredit: Maria Tolstova

  • Tajikistan: Money by Marriage

    Since marrying one of the seven daughters of the president of Tajikistan, a young businessman has built an empire that stretches across the country. An OCCRP investigation show how unlimited political power leads to business success in one of Central Asia's poorest countries.

    Tajikistan: Money by MarriageTajikistan: Money by Marriage. Credit: Sulton

  • Ex-Tajik Railways Chief’s Czech Bonanza

    Amonullo Hukumov, the former head of Tajik Railways, has told the media that neither he nor his wife own any real estate abroad. But records obtained by OCCRP show that his family has spent over $10.7 million on luxury real estate in two of the Czech Republic’s most popular tourist destinations. The hefty price tag raises questions about the source of the family’s wealth.

    Stara-Louka-5The historical building at the heart of Karlovy Vary (center), which Amonullo Hukumov's wife Amina Musaeva bought in 2014 for $4.4 million. Credit: Pavla Holcova

  • Tajikistan: Ex-Top Anti-corruption Officials Jailed for Corruption

    Tajikistan’s Supreme Court jailed at least nine former top anti-corruption officials in the largest and most high-profile corruption case this impoverished 8.7 million Central Asian nation has ever seen.

  • Tajikistan: Human Rights Watchdogs Condemn Crackdown on Lawyers

    Tajikistan has launched an "unrelenting assault" on lawyers by harassing, prosecuting and imprisoning those who take up defense of government critics, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday.

  • Tajikistan: President’s Daughter Gets Plum Ministry Job

    A daughter of Tajikistani President Rahmon Emomali has been appointed to a senior position in the country’s foreign ministry, the latest in a series of appointments for the strongman’s children that have raised accusations of increasing nepotism in the authoritarian Central Asian state.

  • Tajikistan: President Appoints Son to Lead Anti-Corruption Agency

    The President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, hasappointed his eldest son to head the country's anti-corruption agency.

  • Tajik Opposition Leader Gunned Down in Istanbul, Three in Custody

    Turkish police have arrested three men in connection with the murder of Tajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvatov, who was shot and killed in Istanbul last Thursday.

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