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Tajikistan

On an ancient silk road

Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for its rugged mountains making it a popular destination for hiking and climbing. The Fann Mountains, near the national capital Dushanbe have snow-capped peaks that rise over 5,000 meters. But all of Tajikistan is a mountainous region with the Trans-Alay Range in the north and the Pamirs to the southeast.

The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia’s hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called “basmachi”) fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as

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