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The Rastokhez (Revival) party was a political party in Tajikistan in the years of independence and civil war (1989–1997).

It was founded on September 14, 1989, by members of the Tajik intelligentsia, among them Tohir Abdujabbor, with a moderate nationalist, secularist and liberal democratic program.[1]

Its prominent position in the opposition to the ruling Communist Party of Tajikistan insured that it became the main scapegoat for the Dushanbe riots of February 1990. The party was banned,[2] which ensured total victory for the Communists in the upcoming elections.

During the next years and the Tajik Civil War, Rastokhez, then underground, as well as the similarly minded Democratic Party, participated in the United Tajik Opposition (UTO) along with more Islamic groups. The party ceased to exist at the same time as the UTO, its members having mostly joined the Democratic Party at the time of the peace treaty (June 1997).[3]


  1. ^ "Conflict in the Soviet Union: Tadzhikistan August 1991". Human Rights Watch. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Randa M. Slim & Faredun Hodizoda, "Tajikistan: From Civil War to Peacebuilding" at the European Centre for Conflict Prevention Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Parviz MULLOJANOV, Party Building in Tajikistan