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Tajik FM to discuss detained researcher's case with British officials

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 27 June 2014
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Tajik FM to discuss detained researcher's case with British officials, 27 June 2014, available at: [accessed 14 December 2017]
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June 27, 2014

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojidin Aslov will hold talks with British officials about the situation around a researcher arrested in Tajikistan.

The Tajik Embassy in London told RFE/RL on June 27 that Aslov will visit Britain next week.

British Foreign Office spokeswoman Nisha Begum-Ali told RFE/RL on June 27 that "together with EU partners in Dushanbe," British officials "have issued an EU statement expressing concern and urging the government of Tajikistan to provide information on Mr. [Aleksandr] Sodikov's detention, location, and state of health."

Sodikov, 31, a Tajik national residing in Canada, was detained in Tajikistan's southern city of Khorugh on June 16, shortly after speaking with civil society activists there.

Sodikov said he had been touring Central Asia as part of his doctoral research at Britian's University of Exeter and the University of Toronto.

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