Tajikistan: Popular Comic Jailed in Corruption Case
A well-known comic and journalist in Tajikistan has been arrested, weeks after complaining publicly about alleged corruption in his region.
Local media reported on December 8 that prosecutors in the Sughd region are charging Khairullo Mirsaidov with multiple offenses, including embezzlement, which is punishable by up to 12 years in jail.
Mirsaidov owes his public profile to his leading involvement with the KVN comedy league, a much-loved post-Soviet cultural institution in which teams are pitted against one another in tests of wit and improvasation skills. Until 2014, Mirsaidov had worked as the regional correspondent for Asia-Plus newspaper and for Germany broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
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