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February 17, 1990 | DAN FISHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another crack appeared in the once unified face of the Soviet Communist Party here Friday when a group of deputies representing almost 20% of the Supreme Soviet, or Parliament, announced they had banded together to fight what they described as nationalist threats to the integrity of the country.
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February 16, 1990 | From United Press International
Massive unrest in the Tadzhikistan capital of Dushanbe toppled the leadership of the entire Central Asian republic Thursday, and the deputy prime minister turned against the government to head a "provisional people's committee." In the first reported outburst of Islamic fundamentalism in the mainly Sunni Muslim republic, extremists mobbed a bus and attacked Tadzhik girls because their heads were uncovered, Radio Moscow's Interfax news service said.
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February 16, 1990 | From Reuters
The Soviet Union, dogged by unrest in several of its Muslim republics, signed two protocols with Iran to make cross-border visits easier and asked Tehran to help return calm to their frontier, Tehran Radio reported Thursday. It quoted Iran's deputy foreign minister, Mahmoud Vaezi, as saying that the Kremlin should "treat the people in a prudent and peaceful manner." Vaezi told the visiting Soviet deputy minister for protocol and consular affairs, Boris N.
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February 14, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days of rioting in the Soviet Central Asian city of Dushanbe has killed at least 37 people, Soviet state television and radio reported Tuesday, as mobs stormed and ransacked the Communist Party headquarters there, looted shops and clashed repeatedly with security forces in a new explosion of ethnic violence.
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February 13, 1990 | From Associated Press
Riots broke out in the capital of Tadzhikistan during protests Monday against the resettlement of ethnic Armenian refugees in the Soviet Asian republic, official sources said. One report said there were several deaths and dozens of injuries. The official Tass news agency said a state of emergency and a nighttime curfew have been imposed on the city of Dushanbe to quell "mass disorders and pogroms and acts of arson and looting."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1990
The recent fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the Soviet Caucasus "is not based on religious differences," according to a joint statement issued this week by Los Angeles-area Muslim and Armenian Christian leaders seeking to avert local disharmony. Despite the predominant Muslim faith of Azerbaijanis and Christian faith of Armenians, the crisis is based on a decades-old territorial struggle, political mistakes and injustices, the statement said.
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January 30, 1990 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anxious to retain U.S. understanding of Moscow's military crackdown in Azerbaijan, Soviet Ambassador Yuri V. Dubinin told a hastily called news conference Monday that Soviet forces intervened in the ethnically divided region only to end bloodshed and restore peace. Dubinin specifically denied that troops had been sent in to crush a takeover attempt by Azerbaijani nationalists, as the Kremlin's top military officer said last week.
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January 30, 1990 | MASHA HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Azerbaijani Jews, fleeing by the thousands, are the latest refugees to arrive here from the troubled capital of Baku. Fearful of becoming the next target in the bloody ethnic warfare in the southern Soviet republics, they are desperately seeking permission to leave for Israel or the United States. Some of the refugees report incidents of Jews being beaten or threatened by Muslim extremists.
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January 25, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hard-line voices in Tehran on Wednesday notched up their criticism of the Soviet military crackdown in Azerbaijan, the Muslim-dominated republic on Iran's northern border. The morning after an open letter by members of the Iranian Parliament demanded that Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev "deal with the Muslims of the Soviet Union with compassion," an editorial in the daily Kayhan International condemned Moscow's handling of the unrest.
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January 23, 1990 | NICK WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soviet troops deployed along the Iranian frontier with troubled Azerbaijan on Monday to block cross-border movement by Azerbaijanis on both sides, Tehran Radio reported. Tens of thousands of Soviet Muslims reportedly have crossed into Iran in the last week. According to press reports from Moscow, many of them have returned to Soviet soil carrying weapons.
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