Feb 12, 2015

Despite these provocations, IRPT candidate Makhmujon Faizrakhmonov told EurasiaNet.org the party would not react to “fictions.”

He claims authorities show weakness by resorting to online trolling and using their control over state television to slander them.

“If [our opponents] criticize us, we will be happy to hear them, because it will be a way to fix our faults. But they do not follow the basic rules of critique,” Faizrakhmonov said.

“This is dishonor, libel, and unhealthy competition.”

Less than a month before elections to Tajikistan’s rubber-stamp parliament, members of the embattled opposition say the authoritarian-minded government is resorting to new tactics and old – sex tapes and arrests – to discredit them.