French Scholars Demand Fair Treatment for Alexander Sodiqov

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by Noah Tucker on 7/5/2014 · 1 comment

This morning we received a request from a group of leading French Central Asia scholars to help publicize their message to the government of Tajikistan in support of imprisoned researcher Alexander Sodiqov. Alexander is a gifted scholar and has long been admired by everyone at We join thousands of other scholars and researchers to stand with Alexander and demand a quick resolution to this tragic situation.

See the full statement in English or in French.

The signatories of the present appeal would like to express their extreme anxiety about this set of facts potentially detrimental to the international prestige of Tajikistan, a country which stands out for almost two decades by the practice of a relative political pluralism and by the quality of its international cooperation, in the academic field notably, with France and the countries of the European Union.

In spite of the common benefits that have resulted from this cooperation, Mr Sodiqov’s situation and the more minor incidents that have in the meantime opposed in the Roghun District the local police to international scholars could bring several French and European organisations to re-examine the terms and conditions of their multiple and active partnerships with Tajikistan.

We sincerely hope that a happy way out can soon be found by the political authorities of Tajikistan to this fatal situation, so that the French-Tajik and Euro-Tajik cooperation in human, political and social sciences can continue on constructive bases.

Please see the Free Alexander Sodiqov site for more information about what you or your organization can do to help.

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Noah Tucker is managing editor at and an associate at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs Central Asia Program. Noah is a researcher and consultant for NGO, academic and government clients on Central Asian society and culture. He has worked on Central Asian issues since 2002--specializing in religion, national identity, ethnic conflict and social media--and received an MA from Harvard in Russian, E. European and Central Asian Studies in 2008. He has spent four and half years in the region, primarily in Uzbekistan, and returned most recently for fieldwork in Southern Kyrgyzstan in the summers of 2011 and 2012.

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Young Scholar August 4, 2014 at 3:11 am

I find it deeply disturbing that there have been so many interventions in support of Alex from western scholars, and there has been so little from scholars in Tajikistan. Unless we start defending our fellows, we will never be safe in our own country.

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