Tajikistan’s Fallen Hero: Jumanazar Bayozov


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The Badakhshan Mountainous Autonomous Region (GBAO) is the largest region in Tajikistan in terms of area, but the least populated in terms of population. In May and June 2022, there were deadly outcomes after President Emomali Rahmon’s regime quelled the scene of protests.

Jumanazar Bayozov lived in old multi-story buildings on Sangovak Street. On May 18, he was arrested from his residence and taken to the police station. He never returned alive.

“One day later, on May 19, we found his body,” said one of the people close to him.

Jumanazar, according to his relatives, worked mostly in Russia, and thus supported the family. “He was in Rushon for the last 3-4 years,” said our interlocutor.

A father of 3 sons, his life centred around his family. His wife worked in the Rushon boarding school. “Every morning, at four o’clock, he took his wife to work. On May 18, after seeing off his family, when he returned home, he was arrested and taken to the police station,” our witness said.

According to his relatives, “Jumanazar did not participate in the demonstrations.” His body was taken from near the district hospital. He was shot in the back of the head. He was buried in the village of BaRushon.

The killers were not identified but his bullet wound in the head and direction of the shot suggested that a government issued ammunition was being used. He died in execution style typical for the KGB methods.

Jumanazar Bayozov
1967 – 2022

Jumanazar was reported died at the age of 56.