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Yearbook 2018

Tajikistan. According to Countryaah.com, political thaw in neighboring Uzbekistan continued to warm neighbor relations. In January, several border crossings between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were opened, and in March the Uzbek President visited Tajikistan. It was then decided that the visa requirement for cross-border travel would be waived.

2018 Tajikistan

Later, cooperation was agreed to clear mines at the border. Many Tajikistani shepherds had been killed since the mines were deployed by the Uzbek military in 2000 with the intention of stopping militant Islamists from Tajikistan.

Domestically, no political thunderstorm was noticed. The cult of personality surrounding President Emomali Rachmon continued, and in state media he was mentioned as the Founder of Peace and National Unity, the leader of the nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, his Excellency Emomali Rachmon.

In July, four foreign bicycle tourists were killed south of the capital Dusjanbe in what appeared to be a terrorist act. Several perpetrators were shot dead and one was arrested by police. The Islamic State (IS) terror group said it was behind the act, but the government claimed that the perpetrators were members of a banned Tajik Islamist party.

At a riot in prison in November, nearly 50 interns and two employees were killed. IS was said to be behind the uprising. Among the inmates were many convicted of serious crimes such as murder or convicted of membership in IS.

In November, security forces arrested twelve people accused of membership of IS and of plans to attack the Russian military base in Dushanbe.

In November, the large hydroelectric dam Rogun in western Tajikistan was inaugurated. It has been built in installments since the Soviet era, and it is fully designed to have the world's largest dust height of 335 meters.

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