The leader of Tajikistan’s main genuine opposition party has told EurasiaNet.org that he is embarking on a period of self-imposed exile over fears that the government plans to jail him on bogus charges.
Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT) leader Muhiddin Kabiri’s announcement comes amid a sustained campaign of intimidation against government critics.
Speaking in an interview in Moscow on June 18, Kabiri warned that the Tajik authorities’ drive to broaden its clampdown on devout Muslims could have dangerous consequences.
IRPT was shut out of parliament for the first time in March elections that international monitors said were riddled with irregularities. Although the party fulfilled a marginal role in the legislature, its presence there gave Tajikistan a slender claim to respecting democratic choice.
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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.