Saturday, September 5, 2015

Two Russian soldiers convicted of murder in Tajikistan

A Russian military court has convicted two soldiers of having brutally murdered a taxi driver in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where the soldiers were stationed. According to this report, the trial was conducted in Russia. Excerpt:
Tension has been increasingly high between local Tajiks and Russian military personnel in the former Soviet republic in recent weeks. About 7,000 troops from Russia's 201st Motor Rifle Division are stationed at a base in Tajikistan. 
A Russian soldier was accused Friday of carrying out a violent attack, which left another Tajik taxi driver with multiple stab wounds to the abdomen. On July 28, a street fight broke out near a Russian military base in Kulob, leaving several Tajik men injured. 
"Local men asked the soldiers to return to their base but the Russians didn't listen and argued with them," Jamshed, a Kulob resident told Radio Free Europe. "The scuffle broke out and several other soldiers came from the military base to help their comrades."

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