Tajikistan: Candidates Arrested

by Nathan Hamm on 3/15/2005 · 1 comment

Two members of Tajikistan’s Social Democratic Party who ran for parliament but failed to win were arrested after appealing the election outcome.

When the two lawyers tried to appeal in court, accusing the authorities of election fraud, they were arrested on charges of hooliganism, their party leader Rakhmatillo Zoyirov said. “These actions are none other than persecution of our activists … who took part in the election and defended their and other citizens’ rights in the face of violations during the campaign,” Zoyirov told Reuters.

Someone who grew up with the legal concept of “hooliganism” should probably explain it to me because what comes to my mind when I think of it are things like throwing firecrackers at the neighbor’s dog or digging up Mr. Wilson’s roses.


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Venichka March 17, 2005 at 9:24 am

In contemporary Russia “khuliganizm” is frequently the term applied to, amongst other things, attacks on racial minorities by skinhead groups.

It certainly has stronger connotations in the Russian/Soviet scheme of things that “throwing firecrackers/digging up roses”, but seems often to be used asn excuse to avoid doing anything about the problem in question by refusing to name it correctly.

Ne nado khuliganovat!

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