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Tajikistan’s crackdown on observant Muslims intensifies

THE young Tajik man does not want to leave home, despite his mother’s assurance that he looks fine. The day before he had sported a curly black beard, just like his friends from the mosque. But the police had frogmarched him and other bearded young men to the barber shop, where their beards were shaved off. A few of the onlookers laughed, but, once out of the police’s sight, many more grumbled.Such scenes have become increasingly common in Tajikistan, a landlocked country of 9m bordering Afghanistan and Chi

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