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Tajikistan: Taking State Snooping to the Next Level

Police officers in the streets of Khorog. For the past few weeks, teams of officials drawn from various security agencies have been going from house to house in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, in an exhaustive effort to uncover what they deem “undesirables.” The operation is now being extended to the whole country. (Photo: David Trilling)

For the past few weeks in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, teams of officials drawn from various security agencies have been going from house to house in an exhaustive effort to uncover what they deem “undesirables.”
 
According to official documents seen by EurasiaNet.org, the objects of suspicion can include suspected religious extremists or would-be potential terrorists. But the target list also includes electricity thieves and anybody using the wrong type of lightbulb.
 
In apparent disregard for due process, the teams, which can number up to 15 officers from the police, prosecutor’s office and State Committee for National Security, are demanding to search people’s homes without proper authorization from the courts.
 
The initiative is part of something known as “Operation Order,” and it is focused, for now, on parts of the capital, Dushanbe.
 

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