The Tajik scholar whose June arrest on espionage charges ignited an international outcry has been allowed to leave Tajikistan.
Alexander Sodiqov arrived in Canada on September 10, his thesis advisor at the University of Toronto, Edward Schatz, has confirmed. Sodiqov’s wife and infant daughter joined him late on September 11.
“He and his lawyer made a formal appeal that he be allowed to travel. Surprisingly, this was granted. In fact, the authorities urged him to depart as quickly as possible,” Schatz told EurasiaNet.org. Describing Sodiqov’s state after almost three months of uncertainty about his fate, Schatz continued, “He was, as always, reasonable, lucid, astute, and forthright.”
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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.