RUSSIAN-TAJIK RELATIONS: PRESENT STATE AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT
Parviz Mullojanov, Political scientist, Director of the Public Committee for Promoting Democratic Processes (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
Tajikistan is traditionally considered one of Russia’s most devoted and stable geopolitical allies in the post-Soviet space. Nevertheless, there have been both warming up and cooling off periods in the history of Russian-Tajik relations, and they are fraught with a number of stumbling blocks, ulterior motives, and rather acute contradictions. So, a closer look reveals that the future of Russian-Tajik relations is not as surefire and problem-free as it may appear, at least, in the long term. The main thing to be figured out is what are the predominating problems and trends today in the development of the relations between the two countries and how will they affect the future? Will Tajikistan remain an outpost of Russian foreign policy in the Central Asian region, or will it gradually distance itself from Russia, turning into an independent geopolitical player or satellite for other regional and world powers?
A View of Russian-Tajik Relations from Russia—From Democratic Idealism to the Triumph of Geopolitical Pragmatism
In 1991, after the Soviet Union collapsed and the former Soviet republics paraded their sovereignty, for some time, the Russian government regarded the events going on in Tajikistan as a struggle with the remnants of the communist past. Democrats, people from the Democratic Russia movement who had made their careers during the struggle with Gorbachev and suppression of……………..