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Tajikistan: Rise and Fall of a Telecoms Wunderkind

A young and former high-ranking state official in Tajikistan’s communications sector has learned to his cost the dangers of crossing elite big-hitters, particularly when they are related to the president.

A court in Dushanbe this week sentenced Kadamjon Safizoda, the ex-head of Center for Information and Communication Technology in the presidential administration, to 15 years in jail over an alleged scheme to defraud mobile phone service providers. Between time already served and a 2016 penalty-reducing amnesty, Safizoda has another nine years left to sit out in a strict regime prison colony.

The story begins many years ago, in the southern town of Kulyab, where much of the country’s leadership has its origins.

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Tajikistan: Rise and Fall of a Telecoms Wunderkind

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