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Topic - Hamrokhon Zarifi
Tucked away in what is colloquially known as the "post-Soviet space," the tiny, landlocked Central Asian republic of Tajikistan seems like an unlikely strategic prize. Yet a potentially significant geopolitical tug of war is brewing there between the United States and Russia. The stakes of this unfolding contest are high and involve continued Western access to Central Asia and, quite possibly, the political future of at least part of the region.
Internet users and providers in Tajikistan are voicing concerns about online censorship after the government lifted a six-day ban on Facebook and several news websites last week.
Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi, have been quick to deny that any negotiations are under way with Washington on this issue.
Mr. Zarifi took to the media to insist that talks with Moscow were continuing.