Gender: .
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Who, Why and How exiled:

Salimov was once one of Tajikistan's most powerful officials and a key figure in the 1992-97 civil war. During the 1992-97 civil war, Salimov alternately served as Tajikistan's interior minister, ambassador to Turkey, and customs committee chairman. He was also a member of  Popular Front, a paramilitary group that fought on the government side during the civil war (Fergana News, 2016).

Category of exile: , . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Former insider.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2005.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

In 2005, Tajikistan’s Supreme Court found Salimov guilty of treason, banditry, and abuse of office (Radio Free Europe, 2005).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

He was detained six years in Moscow on a warrant issued by Dushanbe (Radio Free Europe, 2003).

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death):

He was handed over to Tajik authorities in 2005 and was imprisoned for 15 years. Later his time in prison was decided to be shortened (Radio Free Europe, 2005; Fergana News, 2016).

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Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Current status:


Press sources:

Fergana News, 2016. В Таджикистане вышел из тюрьмы Якуб Салимов – один из бывших сподвижников Рахмона. Ferghana News, 21.June, 2016. [Online]. Available at:


Radio Free Europ, 2005 . Tajikistan: Opposition Leader Brought Home To Face Charges, Ex-Interior Minister Imprisoned For 15 Years. Radio Free Europe 27.April, 2005. [Online]. Available at:


Radio Free Europe. 2003. Tajikistan: Extradition Of Former 'Kingmaker' Salimov May Hinge On Moscow. Radio Free Europe 01.July, 2003.[Online]. Available at: