DUSHANBE, June 25, 2014, Asia-Plus – Alim Sherzamonov, civil society activist also head of the Social-Democratic Party (SDP)’s organization in Gorno Badakhshan, has reportedly been summoned to the State Committee for National Security (SCNS)’s office in Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) for questioning.

“I was summoned to the SCNS’s office in Khorog at 4:00 pm on June 24 and they took a written cognizance from me not to leave Gorno-Badakhshan,” Sherzamonov told Asia-Plus in an interview.

He refrained from giving further details, saying that he signed a pledge of secrecy.

“Unfortunately, I cannot inform you about the substance of a talk.  I just can say that the talk was about Alexander Sodiqov, who was detained in Khorog on suspicion of treason, and May protests,” Sherzamonov said.

We will recall that Alexander Sodiqov, Tajik researcher contracted by the University of Exeter to help with a scholarly project, was detained in Khorog on June 16 on suspicion of spying for an unnamed country after he met with local civil society activist Alim Sherzamonov.  Sherzamonov is considered one of May protests against police actions that t targeted suspected criminals in Khorog.