As Tajikistan played Moscow and Washington off each other for aid and friendship, US diplomats witnessed an insecure, corrupt autocracy stagger -- sometimes quite literally -- from one superpower to the other, according to wikileaked cables from the US Embassy in Dushanbe. The newly released dispatches, which span five years, describe Tajikistan’s leaders as more interested in personal gain than long-term development. When friendship with Moscow isn’t profitable, for instance, officials eagerly aid NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan.
In cables dated November and December 2005 and available on The Guardian website, then-Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland describes ascending Russian influence and increasing suspicion of American non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
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