Where do rights defenders from across the former Soviet Union go to recharge their batteries? For many, the answer is Tbilisi.
Rights groups say they have solid evidence Russian agents spirited Sharofiddin Gadoev onto a Dushanbe-bound plane.
The long-serving leader blamed officials for not living up to promises to boost the economy and raise living standards.
Following a trail blazed by Tajikistan, Tashkent has the advantage of a more open economy.
Traditionalists denounce decision, while others say the publicity can only benefit the venerable institution.