Your Russian namesake (Nezavisimaia gazeta) reported on 6 February that in the fighting, an estimated 20,000-60,000 people (according to different reports) have been killed, 150,000 have disappeared and half a million have been made homeless.
Furthermore, it seems that the so-called Popular Front, which recently seized power, has been conducting a reign of terror against Muslims, democrats and people from regions that supported the overthrown government.
We are often told that the situation in the former Soviet Union is much less serious than in former Yugoslavia, and for the most part that is true. The recent history of Tajikistan shows, however, that fighting of Bosnian proportions is, in fact, taking place in one area of former Soviet territory, and that the Russians may be tempted to intervene in a quasi-imperial role. Is the West watching? Let us have more reports from Tajikistan.
Professor of Russian History
School of Slavonic and
East European Studies
University of London
18 FebruaryReuse content