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Red Tape Thwarts Tajikistan's Efforts to Develop Tourist Economy

Friday, Oct. 5, 2007

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Its snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes and pristine landscapes could put Tajikistan on par with pastoral hot spots in New Zealand or Switzerland.

However, lingering Soviet-era paranoia and a dizzying array of as many as 11 permits required for travelers wishing to visit, set against a backdrop of a public infrastructure that could only kindly be called crumbling, make it unlikely that this Central Asian nation will be vying for the title of top tourist destination anytime soon. ...

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