Last week the government of Tajikistan issued an ordinance establishing a Tajik-Russian Slavonic University with Russian as the language of instruction, to financed jointly by Tajikistan and Russia. President Imomali Rahmonov promoted the ethnic Russian mayor of the capital Dushanbe, Yuri Ponosov, to first deputy prime minister. Ponosov switches places with Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, who had been forced to resign during a February factional conflict. And a delegation of Russian Duma deputies praised Tajikistan’s legislation on dual Tajik-Russian citizenship as a "model for integration processes" at a meeting with Rahmonov.
Also last week, Russian State Television correspondent Viktor Nikulin was assassinated in Dushanbe. In an instant-reaction statement, Russia’s Foreign Ministry claimed that the opposition had murdered Nikulin in order to frighten ethnic Russians in Tajikistan. (Itar-Tass, Interfax, March 28 & 29)
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