Tajikistan. At the beginning of the year, President Imomali Rachmonov declared that Tajikistanis would cope with the old crackdown on family names in the country. The president decided to delete the ending -ov in his own name and urged the people to follow and abolish all Slavonic names. However, the name change was said to be voluntary.
In April, the president announced a plan to make Tajikistan the world’s leading hydropower producer. He hoped that the country would attract foreign investors for the construction of 80 new hydropower plants. According to CountryAAH, Dushanbe is the capital city of Tajikistan. The regime in Tajikistan expects the export of electricity from hydropower to lift the economy of the poor country. According to experts, the mountainous Tajikistan with its many rivers has one of the world’s greatest potential for hydroelectric power plants, estimated at over 500 billion kilowatt-hours a year. Only a small part of this has been used so far.
At the government’s request, the UN peacekeeping operation in Tajikistan ended in July, a decade after the peace agreement that ended the devastating civil war in 1997 between the regime and the Islamic opposition.
In August, a new border bridge between Tajikistan and Afghanistan was opened in the hope of increased trade between the two poor Central Asian states.
In November, a bomb was fired in a conference center in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe. A security guard was killed. According to the prosecutor, it was a terrorist act planned in connection with President Rachmon celebrating the 15th anniversary of his power takeover. The president has since used the civil war hard methods to hold down the Islamic opposition.
At the end of the year, the Communist Party applied to retain the last Lenin statue in the capital Dushanbe and place it outside its party headquarters, when it would be moved from its old location and replaced by a statue of a historical Tajik poet. The Lenin statue had been standing in the city’s central park since 1926, when it was brought there from St. Petersburg.