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Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Russia deports anti-government protester to Tajikistan


Russia extradited to Tajikistan an active participant in anti-government protests in western Tajikistan the mid 1990s, an official confirmed on Monday.

The operation to detain Sobirdzhon Mamadzhonov was carried out by Russian and Tajik law-enforcement bodies in a Russian town within the framework of the bilateral accord on extradition, head of the antiterrorist department of the Tajik Interior Ministry Maruf Shakarov told Itar-Tass.

Mamadzhonov is accused of a number of serious crimes, including active participation in the armed group of the rebel Tajik Colonel Makhmud Kudoiberdyyev who attempted to stage a coup d'etat in 1995-1997.

After the authorities suppressed the mutiny, Mamadzhonov fled the country and lived in Russia under forged papers.

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