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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev receives Tajikistan’s Prime Minister

The head of our state, warmly welcoming the guest, noted with great satisfaction the dynamic development of the Uzbek-Tajik friendship and good neighborly relations, which, thanks to the joint effo

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Putin: Have NWO Agents Published “A World Map” and “Marked All the U.S. Military Bases on It” Yet?

“At this point, the US has some kind of military presence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, U.A.E., Uzbekistan, and Yemen.”

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    Tweets For Today

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:32 PM PST

    Picture Of The Day

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

    A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

    WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

    Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

    U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

    * A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
    * That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
    * Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
    * Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

    A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

    A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

    But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

    Read more ....

    WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

    Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

    CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

    NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

    As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

    WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

    "It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

    So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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    WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

    Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST

    Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

    House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

    As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

    In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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    WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

    Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST

    CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

    * The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
    * The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

    The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

    The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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    More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

    US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
    Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
    Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
    Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
    Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

    Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

    Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

    Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

    José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

    As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

    "He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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    Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

    Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

    The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

    A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

    As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

    From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

    New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

    Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

    Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

    One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

    Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

    UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

    Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

    Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

    Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

    World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

    An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

    Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

    The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

    "After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

    Read more ....


    Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

    Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

    Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

    Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

    Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

    Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

    Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

    Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

    World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

    Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.


    China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

    Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

    Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

    Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

    Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

    Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

    Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

    Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

    South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.


    At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

    Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

    France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

    10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

    Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

    UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

    US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

    Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

    Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

    Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.


    Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

    Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

    Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

    PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

    Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

    Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

    Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

    EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

    Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

    Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

    Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.


    Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

    US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

    McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

    Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

    Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

    Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

    United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

    Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

    Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

    Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

    Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.


    Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

    German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

    Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.


    Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

    Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

    Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

    Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

    Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

    Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

    Ali Hashisho / Reuters

    Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

    Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

    The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

    The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

    Read more ....

    WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

    Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST

    AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

    Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

    Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

    AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

    Read more ....

    WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

    Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

    The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

    Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

    * A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
    * The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
    * He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
    * He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
    * As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
    * Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
    * The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

    A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

    The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

    'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

    The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

    Read more ....

    More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

    Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
    Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
    Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico --
    Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
    Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
    Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

    ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST

    DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

    Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

    At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

    "An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

    Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

    At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

    Read more ....

    WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

    More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

    Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
    Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
    Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
    ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

    World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST

    ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

    World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

    Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

    The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

    Read more ....

    WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).


    Aksi Tajikistan medan eksperimen [METROTV]

    <p>AKSI persahabatan antarabangsa menentang Tajikistan yang kini berada di tangga ke-116 dunia bakal menjadi medan ‘eksperimen’ buat pengendali kebangsaan, Tan Cheng Hoe apabila kedua-dua pasukan bertemu di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, Sabtu ini.</p> © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

    Cheng Hoe wants Malaysia players to focus on producing another WCQ win

    In the coming two weeks, the Harimau Malaya will take on Tajikistan in a friendly, and Thailand and Indonesia in two World Cup qualifier encounters.

    Farhan wants to use experience under Cheng Hoe to help secure Malaysia debut

    Farhan Roslan is looking to receive his first ever Malaysia cap when the Harimau Malaya take on Tajikistan, Thailand and Indonesia in the coming weeks

    At least 15 militants killed, 5 captured amid attack on Tajik-Uzbek border checkpoint


    Unidentified gunmen have reportedly attacked a security checkpoint on the Tajik-Uzbek border. According to Tajikistan’s authorities, at least 15 militants were killed and five more detained while at least two …


    Tajikistan and Germany Hold Intergovernmental Consultations

    DUSHANBE, 07.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – Tajik and German intergovernmental consultations on bilateral cooperation were held on November 5 in Dushanbe. The Tajik delegation was headed by the head of the

    Tajikistan and Korea Discuss Cultural Cooperation

    DUSHANBE, 07.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – The Deputy Minister of Culture of Tajikistan Muzaffar Davlatzoda met with the Executive Secretary of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Kim Song-In on Tuesday in

    Tajik and Chinese Cities Will Establish Inter-Regional Cooperation

    DUSHANBE, 07.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – The Ambassador of Tajikistan to China Parviz Davlatzoda paid a working visits to the cities of Nanchang and Jindezhen from November 1 through November 4

    NATIONAL BANK OF TAJIKISTAN: Exchange Rate for Today

    DUSHANBE, 07.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – On November 7, the National Bank of Tajikistan (NBT) determined the official exchange rate of foreign currencies for accounting and payment of customs duties as follows:

    President Emomali Rahmon Meets Representatives of Business Community and Top Managers of Leading Switzerland Companies

    DUSHANBE, 06.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held a meeting with representatives of the business community

    President Emomali Rahmon Meets Chairman of Governing Board of Swiss National Bank Thomas Jordan

    DUSHANBE, 06.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – Within the framework of his official visit to Switzerland, the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon

    Press Center of the Border Troops of Tajikistan’s SCNS Additionally Reports

    DUSHANBE, 06.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – During the investigation and interrogation of the detainees, it became known that an armed terrorist group (all members of the so-called Islamic state), which this

    Press Center of the Border Troops of Tajikistan’s SCNS Reports

    DUSHANBE, 06.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – On November 6 at 03:23 night, an armed group consisting of 20 masked unknown men with firearms attacked the border post No. 4 ‘Ishkobod’ of

    President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon Meets with Mayor of Bern Alec von Graffenried

    DUSHANBE, 05.11.2019 (NIAT Khovar) – Within the framework of his official visit to Switzerland, the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon

    World: FPMA Bulletin #3, 10 April 2018

    Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia


    ↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

    ↗ In South America, severe dry weather and strong demand underpinned the domestic prices of grains in key exporting country, Argentina, while the price of yellow maize spiked also in Brazil in March.

    ↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, the strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs, reflecting the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the local currency.

    ↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of locally-produced and imported rice declined in February from the record highs reached in January with the harvesting of the minor season paddy crop and following an appreciation of the Malagasy Ariary.


    World: FPMA Bulletin #11, 11 December 2017

    Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Key messages

    ↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

    ↗ In East Africa, prices of cereals in November continued to decline in most countries with the ongoing 2017 harvests and were at levels around or below those a year earlier with a few exceptions. By contrast, in the Sudan, prices surged and reached record highs in some markets, mainly underpinned by the sharp depreciation of the Sudanese Pound in the parallel market.

    ↗ In Central America, after the sharp increases recorded in the previous month, prices of white maize eased in November as market flows returned to normal, after disruption caused by severe rains in the previous month. Good domestic availabilities kept prices at levels below those a year earlier.


    World: FPMA Bulletin #10, 10 November 2017

    Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Key messages

    • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

    • In East and West Africa, cereal prices declined in October with the 2017 ongoing or recently-started harvests. However, concerns over crop outputs and civil insecurity kept prices at high levels in some countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

    • In Central America, heavy rains in October led to unseasonal increases in maize and bean prices. They remained, however, at levels well below those a year earlier as a result of adequate domestic supplies, following the overall good outputs in 2016 and the 2017 first season harvests.


    World: FPMA Bulletin #9, 10 October 2017

    Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Key messages

    • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

    • In East Africa, prices of cereals remained at levels above those of a year earlier in most countries, particularly in Ethiopia reflecting seasonal tightness amid concerns over the impact of the Fall Armyworm infestation on the main harvest and in South Sudan mainly due to the ongoing conflict.

    • In Asia, prices of rice in Bangladesh increased again in September and reached record highs, with seasonal patterns exacerbated by the reduced 2017 main season output and concerns over the impact of the July-August floods on the second season crop, to be harvested from November.


    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019


    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

    Application is open November 4th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.

    Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

    Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,200 Global UGRAD students.  Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.

    Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe



    Program Goals

    To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

    • Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
    • Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
    • Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
    • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
    • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.               CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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    More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack

    Tajikistan certainly faces security risks, Islamic State among them. But details on the recent incident are scarce.

    Tajikistan participates in World Robot Olympiad-2019

    The World Robot Olympiad 2019 (RO 2019) is taking place in the Hungarian city of Gyor from November 8-10.  Selected teams from all over the world are participating in the WRO 2019 International Final, organized by Edutus University.  Tajikistan participates in the World Robot Olympiad for the first time.

    Belarusian authorities reject Tajikistan’s request for extradition of opposition activist

    Belarusian authorities have decided not to extradite opposition activist and journalist Farhod Odinayev to Tajikistan, where he is wanted for alleged membership in a banned organization and supporting extremism.

    JICA continues supporting improvement of capacity of Tajik air navigation

    JICA is continuing to support improvement of capacity of Tajik air navigation through a three-year project for Capacity Development for Implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) in Tajikistan.

    SCNS chief leaves for Tashkent to attend meeting of CIS heads of security agencies and special services

    Head of Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security (SCNS), Saymumin Yatimov, has left for the Uzbek capital of Tashkent for participation in the 47th session of the CIS Council of Heads of Security Agencies and Special Services.

    Tajikistan will receive US$26 million for improvement of rural infrastructure within CASA 1000 CSP

    Tajikistan will receive 26 million of U.S. dollars for improvement of rural infrastructure within the framework of the CASA 1000 Community Support Project (CASA 1000 CSP).

    Tajik leader, Swiss national bank head discuss Tajik-Swiss financial cooperation

    On Wednesday November 6, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met in Bern with Mr. Thomas Jordan, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank. The Tajik president’s official website says they discussed issues related to cooperation between Tajikistan and Switzerland in banking and financial spheres.

    Tajik, Swiss heads of state discuss cooperation

    On Tuesday November 5, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met in Bern with the President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer.  According to the Tajik president’s official website, the two heads of state discussed the current state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Switzerland.

    Tajik President Emomali Rahmon pays working visit to Bern

    During his working trip to Switzerland, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on November 5 met with Mr. Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore International AG, to discuss Tajikistan - Glencore International AG cooperation.

    Two Tajik servicemen and fifteen IS militants reportedly killed in attack on frontier post in Tajikistan

    Tajik authorities says militants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group have attacked a frontier post on the Tajik-Uzbek border in the Roudaki district, some 60 kilometers southwest of Dushanbe.

    A Photographer's Ode to Everyday Soviet Architecture


    Concrete is a common, humble material—sand, gravel, and cement—but Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev sang its praises for the better part of a passionate, detailed, two-hour speech he delivered to an industrial conference in 1954. He proposed that concrete should be used for anything and everything, especially prefabricated and standardized buildings that would help accelerate construction and development. It was, he argued, absolutely vital to the Soviet project. The subsequent boom in mass housing was described by The New York Times in 1967 as an “architectural sputnik.” (Though the piece did also state, “There is no real style in Soviet cities yet.”)

    Concrete is abundantly present in the contemporary cityscapes of Russian photographer Areniy Kotov. Images from his upcoming book, Soviet Cities: Labour, Life & Leisure, often depict rows and rows of high-rises, marching endlessly across the horizon. Yet within the cold-looking concrete blocks, he also manages to capture the warm glow of life in apartment windows.

    Kotov was born in 1988, so he did not experience much of Soviet life, but he admires the period’s “great civilization” of architectural and cultural heritage. The country is changing fast, but nostalgia for Soviet aesthetics is strong.

    Kotov traveled to hundreds of Russian cities over three years, and plans to visit more. “Every new place hides its secrets,” he says via email. “It is normal here (in ex-USSR cities) to feel yourself like an archaeologist, who came to the ruins of great ancient civilization, and didn’t know what you would find!”

    The photographer spoke with Atlas Obscura about his enthusiasm for Soviet history, fascination with rockets, and nighttime adventures. His book will be published in 2020 by FUEL Design & Publishing.


    What inspired you to photograph Soviet architecture?

    I got my first camera when I was 22 and had just finished university. It was interesting for me to try out different genres, and more than anything I liked city landscapes. So every evening I went to different corners of my hometown to take pictures from different high-rise residential blocks. Around 70 percent of Samara (my hometown) was built during the Soviet era. I started to see beauty in their strict plan and strong forms. Then after three years, when I was 25, I decided to travel for some time. I lived in Sochi, St. Petersburg, and hitchhiked across Russia, and went to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine. In every place I saw interesting details, not only in individual buildings, but also in whole city plans. I had the idea to make a collection of the most outstanding buildings and districts.

    What makes you want to document this particular style of architecture?

    Actually I like the process! More than anything, I enjoy traveling in my homeland, and in Russia and the former Soviet Republics, all of them are somehow similar to what I saw in my hometown before. Nowadays the things that unite these separate countries are slowly but surely being destroyed. Sometimes it is time and severe weather, sometimes crazy revolutions, sometimes indifference of people, privatization, or many other reasons. All this urban environment that is so close to people's hearts, who grew up in 1980s and 1990s, is disappearing. That's why I decided to document the traces of Soviet civilization. Soon there will be nothing to document.

    Were people surprised to see that you had come to photograph everyday Soviet architecture?

    Most people do not recognize Soviet architectural heritage as something noteworthy, because in their childhoods it was more customary to admire ancient Orthodox churches or European cities with palaces, castles, and narrow streets. During my childhood, a few people had just started to recognize Constructivist architecture of the 1930s and the Stalin period as something interesting. And in early 2000s some specialists started to talk about Soviet modernism. Architecture needs time to become recognizable, so now the time has come. I don't blame people that they don't know anything about this kind of architecture; in several years they surely will.


    You used to work in a rocket factory. Did that influence your work?

    I worked for three years at a factory where Soyuz rockets are manufactured. It gave me an understanding of how strong and powerful our industry was before. Most other space factories are already abandoned, rented out, or destroyed. When I started my job as an engineer, the factory was semi-abandoned; there were colossal workshops that were completely empty, with Soviet slogans and posters still on the walls. In the courtyard was a huge red hammer-and-sickle monument with "Glory to Labor" on it. I liked to walk around the factory in my spare time, and I was sad that the great story of my ancestors was in the process of being abandoned and forbidden. I think it inspired my photography somehow.

    Your photos have a strong sense of pattern and lighting. How do you achieve these effects?

    I try to find interesting structures by satellite maps and understand from which place it will be best to photograph them. For city landscapes, I always try to get higher—usually it is possible to get to the roof or public balcony or even to a hill. I always plan every evening. I know when and where the sunset will be, and I try to choose a position that will avoid backlight from the sun.

    What was your most challenging site?

    In my childhood, I liked to read books about discoverers who were the first to visit unknown regions and put them on a map. One of them was [Alexei] Fedchenko, who was a Russian officer and explorer. The Fedchenko Glacier in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan is named for him, and is the longest outside of the polar regions. And on this glacier there was a unique construction—a meteorological station. After the collapse of Soviet Union, people abandoned it, but it is still in good condition and all the original interiors were safe there. To get to this station I traveled for seven days. The region is absolutely wild, there are no people there except a small camp of shepherds in one canyon. Visiting this abandoned station was the biggest challenge for me.


    Do you have a favorite site from the project?

    One of my favorites was the trip to the abandoned part of Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan and is secured by Russian police, so the best way to get in there is during the cover of night. About three years ago it was discovered, by one Russian urban explorer, that the last great Soviet space projects, the Buran shuttle and Energia rocket, are hidden and abandoned in gigantic workshops there. So after a 35-kilometer [20-mile] hike through the night, it was a fantastic feeling to arrive and get into the enormous workshops where the future of Soviet space program is buried.

    Is there someplace that you haven’t photographed yet that you really want to get to?

    I really want to get to Norilsk! It is a northeastern city with more than 100,000 inhabitants that was built for miners who work on largest nickel deposit in the world. Summer is very short and winter is long and harsh there, but the landscapes are fantastic: snowy tundra with an industrial city and no trees.

    This interview was edited for length and clarity.



    How Stalin and the Soviet Union Created a Champagne for the Working Class

    When authoritarian leaders obsess over a particular food, it can change how a country eats and drinks for generations. This week, we’re looking at five cases of dictator food projects and what they reveal about the power of food. Previously: how Mao made China mad for mangoes.

    In the early 1930s, a catastrophic famine swept across the Soviet Union. The chaos of collectivization, combined with poor harvests and brutal socio-economic policies, devastated the country’s grain-growing regions. Millions died of starvation, and corpses accumulated along railway tracks and roads, filling the air with the sour stench of decomposition. Hordes of hungry peasants roamed the countryside, desperately searching for work or anything remotely edible: corncobs, acorns, grass, cats, dogs, and, most horrifically, even each other.

    Just three years later, while basic necessities were still scarce, the Kremlin turned its attention to another shortage: the lack of champagne. In 1936, the Soviet government passed a resolution to dramatically increase the production of sparkling wine, setting an ambitious goal of producing millions of bottles over the following years.

    The idea to create a communist champagne industry—a Herculean undertaking, given the context—came directly from Joseph Stalin, who hailed from the Republic of Georgia, home to the world’s oldest winemaking culture. He proclaimed that champagne was “an important sign of well-being, of the good life” that socialism would make available to all—a far cry from Lenin’s simple promise of “bread and peace.”


    The push to uncork a sea of champagne came only a year after the withdrawal of ration cards in 1935. Desperate to show that the Soviet Union had more to offer than privation and persecution, the government launched a concerted effort to mass produce and democratize champagne and other high-end products.

    “The idea was to make things like champagne, chocolate, and caviar available at a rather cheap price so that they could say that the new Soviet worker lived like the aristocrats in the old world,” explains Jukka Gronow, author of Caviar with Champagne: Common Luxury and the Ideals of the Good Life in Stalin's Russia.

    But before the proletariat could pop bottles, winemakers needed to make bubbly on a budget. This required production on an industrial scale, which wasn’t possible using the traditional, bottle-aged method. The answer came from winemaker Anton Frolov-Bagreyev, who ditched the French process of bottle fermentation in favor of pressurized tanks, which condensed the three-year maturation process into a month and allowed batches of 5,000 to 10,000 liters to be made at a time.


    To turn Stalin’s sparkling rhetoric into reality, the Soviet government unleashed a flurry of resolutions. Bureaucrats ordered the construction of new vineyards, factories, and storehouses as well as the recruitment and training of thousands of new workers. Resources were diverted, and the State bank opened a special account dedicated to financing the multi-million ruble initiative.

    The ambition of Stalin's vision was mirrored in official output targets, which projected the nascent industry producing 12 million bottles a year by 1942. Since champagne had been condemned as a bourgeois indulgence, many vineyards had been destroyed or repurposed to cultivate other crops. The surviving state-run wineries were barely operational.

    The dismal state of Soviet viticulture made the production targets impossible to achieve. “The projections were never realistic, but if factories didn’t live up to them, the people working at them or running them could be labeled enemies of the people and purged,” explains Darra Goldstein, a food scholar and author of the upcoming cookbook Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore. When the Abrau-Durso winery on Russia’s Black Sea coast, fell short of expectations in 1938, the Soviet newspaper Izobilie questioned the director’s loyalty and suggested the winery “be cleared of class enemies.”


    The production of Soviet champagne prioritized quantity over quality. Grape growers uprooted acres of indigenous vines from Moldova to Tajikistan and replaced them with durable, high-yield varieties that catered to Stalin’s sweet tooth. Large, centralized factories processed grapes from across the region and sent the bulk wine mixture to massive bottling plants, which churned out thousands of bottles an hour using Frolov-Bagreyev’s tank method and a mechanized bottling system. The result was Sovetskoye Shampanskoye, a cheap, syrup-sweet sparkling wine for the ordinary Soviet worker.

    “The quality wasn’t so high, because it was all about mass production,” says Goldstein. “Questions of taste or refinement were secondary to that.” Indeed, factories often cut the bulk wine product with preservatives and sugar to mask its poor quality.

    The taste is often considered too sweet for Western palates, which are accustomed to the dry bite of Brut champagne. “To me as a child it always tasted like sparkling soda but with alcohol,” says Anya von Brezmen, a culinary writer born in the Soviet Union. “It has a kind of slight sweetness and just tasted kitschy and fun. You could guzzle it.”

    But behind the Iron Curtain, it was the only bubbly available, and for those who grew up in the Eastern Bloc, its taste is indelibly intertwined with layers of memory and nostalgia. “It is difficult to separate the taste of the drink from everything else that I experienced during some hot, late summer evenings in Moscow or on the high banks of the river Dnepr in Kiev in my youth,” says Gronow.

    By the end of the decade, Sovetskoye Shampanskoye was widely available in Moscow and other large cities, offered on tap in stores. Later, in the 1950s, it was also sold by the glass at Lenin Stadium. While it remained too expensive for everyday consumption, champagne became an important ritual aspect of all major Soviet celebrations. “You couldn’t imagine a New Year’s celebration without champagne. It was absolutely requisite,” says Goldstein.

    The mass production of Soviet champagne was part of a larger propaganda campaign intended to showcase the cultural and economic advancement wrought by socialism. “It was like the Coca-Cola of the Soviet Union. It symbolized the good Soviet life,” says Gronow.


    “It was a very contradictory period. There was this whole happiness industry that produced uplifting musical comedies and films. The champagne and chocolate were part of this,” explains von Brezmen. “There was a lot of cheer, but at the same time people were being arrested at night and were terrified.” Champagne was even colorfully advertised on the sides of the Black Maria, which transported prisoners from Soviet cities to the Gulags.

    The paradox of Sovetskoye Shampanskoye highlights the contradictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, where the shelves were empty but champagne was affordable. “It shows that life in a totalitarian state was complicated. It wasn’t all just grey and terrible,” says von Brezmen. “There were these moments of joy and happiness and celebrations that really meant a lot in an era that was filled with terror.”

    Memories of this levity are fueling Soviet nostalgia in modern Russia, and driving demand for Sovetskoye Shampanskoye, which is now produced by private companies, and other tastes of the era, which can even be enjoyed in restaurants that evoke communist canteens. Yet, the thirst for Soviet champagne often blurs the line between reminiscence and revisionism. “They are very difficult totems. It’s kitsch and cool and funny on the one hand, but it was a tragic time,” says von Brezman. “I think they’re kind of loaded symbols. They are sort of bombs in a champagne bottle.”

    You can join the conversation about this and other stories in the Atlas Obscura Community Forums.


    Cheng Hoe wants Malaysia players to focus on producing another WCQ win

    In the coming two weeks, the Harimau Malaya will take on Tajikistan in a friendly, and Thailand and Indonesia in two World Cup qualifier encounters.

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    Macron Should Call Out Tajikistan President for Brutal Repression


    French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Tajikistan Peesident Emomalii Rahmon.

    Photos © AP Photo

    The last time Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon visited France, he shook hands with his then-counterpart Jacques Chirac in Paris. That was 2002. President Rahmon is by far the longest-serving leader in Central Asia and presides over a brutal human rights climate in Tajikistan. This Friday, Emmanuel Macron is set to welcome him back to France.

    Beginning in 1992, Rahmon’s decades-long rule over Tajikistan has been marred by a cruel repression, deepening in recent years. Since 2015, when the government banned Tajikistan’s last tolerated opposition party, hundreds of political activists and journalists have been given extremely long prison sentences, following trials that failed to meet minimum standards and were tarnished by allegations of torture.

    The imprisonment of Buzurgmher Yorov for 28 years, a lawyer prosecuted in retaliation for his efforts to defend opposition critics, is emblematic of President’s Rahmon strategy to silence dissenting voices. At least 150 opponents are behind bars; many others had no choice but to leave the country.

    Those who chose exile have not found safety. Tajik security services are notorious for abusing extradition requests via INTERPOL, the international police organization, to try to get governments to hand over political opponents abroad. In some cases, governments, in violation of their own human rights obligations, forcibly returned critics; in others, critics were simply abducted only to reappear in Tajikistan custody.

    Torture in detention is widespread. In the past year alone at least 60 prison inmates died due to two brutal prison riots and supposed food poisoning. In all three incidents, the true circumstances remain unclear and Tajik authorities have refused any inquiry.

    Rahmon will certainly ask for France’s political and economic support. But Macron should be true to his principles and publicly call out President Rahmon for his brutal policies. He should press him to release the lawyer Yorov and others whose cases have been raised by United Nations human rights bodies, to stop the harassment of exiled critics and to investigate the massive wave of deaths in detention.

    Tajikistan is a country where power is concentrated in the hands of one man. Macron should not miss this opportunity to put President Rahmon on notice that closer ties with France and the EU depend on ending the repression he has orchestrated.

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