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Tajikistan book ban

Postby steven » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:21 am

It is now illegal to bring books in or out of Tajikistan without prior permission. How this will play out over the coming tourist season is an open question. Your reports are welcome.

http://www.rferl.org/a/tajikistan-books ... 34892.html
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Re: Tajikistan book ban

Postby rfoltz » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:54 pm

Ha! And here I am with my suitcase full of scholarly books ready to bring to my colleagues in Dushanbe!
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Re: Tajikistan book ban

Postby foudag » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:22 pm

Hi,

Does this include Central Asia and country specific guidebooks ?? :D :(

I was about to bring "The Silk Roads: a new history of the world" with me during my trip through the Stans :/
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Re: Tajikistan book ban

Postby GrishaP » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:36 pm

The Tajik Ministry of Culture's official Facebook page -
http://facebook.com/minculture.tj - has recently posted a link to the following article (in Russian):
http://www.dialog.tj/news/chitaj-rumi-i-chekhova-zapret-na-knigi-v-rt-ne-kosnjotsya-obychnoj-literatury

The article basically says that an official's remarks had been taken out of context and that ordinary travellers have nothing to worry about. Of course, whether that is the message that gets to the border guards is a different question.
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Re: Tajikistan book ban

Postby bwv812 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:38 am

I think it's clear from all articles posted here that extremism and terrorism are the real targets of this law, and I would expect that obvious tourists would be unaffected. Of course, this could be something that border guards looking for a bribe try to make an issue out of...
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Re: Tajikistan book ban

Postby steven » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:55 am

bwv812 wrote:Of course, this could be something that border guards looking for a bribe try to make an issue out of...


Exactly.
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Re: Tajikistan book ban

Postby Dommer » Wed May 03, 2017 5:34 pm

I got to Dushanbe by plane a week ago. Nobody was intressted in searching my bag for books. They just scanned it. Same procedure for all passengers.
All the other travellers i met in town had the same experineces about books. It doesn't matter whitch boarder they took.

So i guess the as mentiomed above the only target of this rule is islamism.
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