TAJIK GOVERNMENT PLANS CRUCIAL MILITARY OPERATION BEFORE WINTER.

Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 217

Lt. Gen. Viktor Zavarzin, commander of Russian "peacekeeping" troops in Tajikistan, yesterday denied charges that his troops are assisting Tajik government forces in preparing a counteroffensive in central Tajikistan. He depicted such charges as "bare-faced, brazen, impudent, and monstrous lies which could only arise in the inflamed brains of Russia’s enemies." The troops are "fully neutral" because their CIS mandate requires them to be, the general added. Zavarzin was responding to Tajik opposition appeals to the UN, asking it to stop the Russian command from providing logistical support to Tajik government forces gathering for a counteroffensive in Tavildara and Karategin. Confirming those preparations, Zavarzin expressed confidence that government troops are capable without assistance of regaining the ground they recently lost in central Tajikistan. (Itar-Tass, November 18)

The Monitor is a publication of the Jamestown Foundation. It is researched and written under the direction of senior analysts Jonas Bernstein, Vladimir Socor, Stephen Foye, and analysts Ilya Malyakin, Oleg Varfolomeyev and Ilias Bogatyrev. If you have any questions regarding the content of the Monitor, please contact the foundation. If you would like information on subscribing to the Monitor, or have any comments, suggestions or questions, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected], by fax at 301-562-8021, or by postal mail at The Jamestown Foundation, 4516 43rd Street NW, Washington DC 20016. Unauthorized reproduction or redistribution of the Monitor is strictly prohibited by law. Copyright (c) 1983-2002 The Jamestown Foundation Site Maintenance by Johnny Flash Productions