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Tajikistan: Russia Uses Energy to Elicit Security Concessions

A Eurasianet partner post from Stratfor

Gas stations run by a Gazprom affiliate that operates in Tajikistan only have two to three days’ worth of high-octane fuel left, Asia-Plus reported Sept. 12. Gazprom Neft-Tajikistan gas stations began limiting sales to 20 liters (5.3 gallons) per person Sept. 5, not long after Russia increased its duties on fuel exports to Tajikistan, which contributed to the gasoline price increases that led to imposed sale limits.

Russia wants to expand its already-strong position in Tajikistan’s security, but Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon’s government has been hesitant to give Moscow what it wants. Russia’s fuel export duty increase can be seen as an attempt to pressure Rakhmon and make Tajikistan more compliant in the realm of security.

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