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Tajikistan: Foreign Minister’s UK Visit Overshadowed by Researcher’s Arrest

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov (center right) speaking at the House of Lords on July 2. (Edward Lemon)

Two weeks after Tajikistan's secret police arrested researcher Alexander Sodiqov on bogus treason charges, Tajikistan’s foreign minister visited London for a series of long-planned bilateral talks. At times, the atmosphere was tense. The Tajiks wanted to focus on issues of political and economic cooperation, but they came away from London with little to show except for a lot of bad press concerning Sodiqov.

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Tajikistan: Foreign Minister’s UK Visit Overshadowed by Researcher’s Arrest

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