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Tajikistan Buying Guns; Ukraine Selling Weapons to Both Armenia and Azerbaijan

Tajikistan has gone on a but of a small-arms buying spree, and Ukraine has been selling lots of weapons to both Armenia and Azerbaijan. Those are some of the early returns from the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, to which countries are supposed to report all the weapons imports and exports they have engaged in over the previous year. The 2010 register has been published. Most of the big transfers -- of aircraft or ships, for example -- tend to make the news before this comes out, but lesser deals, like small arms, don't.

Tajikistan hasn't bought much over the last decade, but in 2010 it bought a number of small arms from Serbia and Bulgaria. According to the register, Tajikistan's purchases from Bulgaria:

120 rifles and carbines
200 submachine guns
76 assault rifles
100 light machine guns
200 handheld grenade launchers
6 60mm mortars

And from Serbia:

100 rifles and carbines
29 light machine guns
195 heavy machine guns

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