Tax dodgers, drug traffickers and others create virtual economy which bears little relation to official figures.
Russian u-turn on withdrawal from Georgian village underlines fragility of peace agreement.
Many feel alienated by election process and do not plan to lend their votes to anyone.
Sentences of up to 20 years seen as warning to other protesters, rather than justice.
The global economic crisis is beginning to result in job cuts in Russia and other countries where hundreds of thousands of Tajiks have found work, leading to fears they will return home en masse.
Global Voices: Europe & Eurasia
New protocols introduced to reduce the number of caesareans may be putting lives at risk.
Independent, dissenting Azerbaijani voices have never been so ostracised.
Officials obscure systemic failings – aided by an uncritical media.