The economic history of the Republic of Tajikistan

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Tajikistan Struggles in Post-Soviet Poverty
By Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 12 February 2001. The newly independent and pacified country is ill-equipped to meet the demands of its fledgling semi-free economy and nascent democracy. Tajikistan plays host to the Afghan opposition government and its armed forces, Islamic extremism, organized crime and drugs.
In Tajikistan, a Gateway for Heroin
Washington Post, Friday 26 July 2002. Tajiks Confront Growing Problems as Afghanistan's Drugs Flow Through the Country. Large stockpiles of opium and processed heroin remained in Afghanistan, and are now being shipped, largely through Tajikistan, to Russia and on to Western Europe.