Famous people from Tajikistan
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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the "most popular poet in America." Rumi's works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language. His original works are widely read today in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular in other countries. His poetry has influenced Persian literature as well as Urdu, Punjabi, Turkish and some other Iranian, Turkic and Indic languages written in Perso-Arabic script e.g. Pashto, Ottoman Turkish, Chagatai and Sindhi.
Emomalii Rahmon is a Tajik politician who has served as Tajikistan's head of state since 1992, and as President since 1994. During the early years of his presidency, Rahmon faced a civil war in which up to 100,000 people died. In 2006, he began his third term in office.
Viktor Anatolyevich Bout is a convicted Russian arms smuggler. A citizen of Russia, he was arrested in Thailand in 2008 before being extradited in 2010 to the United States to stand trial on terrorism charges after having been accused of intending to smuggle arms to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to use against U.S. forces. On 2 November 2011, he was convicted by a jury in a Manhattan federal court of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, deliver anti-aircraft missiles, and provide aid to a terrorist organization. A former Soviet military translator, Bout had reportedly made a significant amount of money through his multiple air transport companies, which shipped cargo mostly in Africa and the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s. As willing to work for Charles Taylor in Liberia as he was for the United Nations in Sudan and the United States in Iraq, Bout may have facilitated huge arms shipments into various civil wars in Africa with his private air cargo fleets during the 1990s. Bout says he has done little more than provide logistics, but former British Foreign Office minister Peter Hain called Bout a "sanctions buster" and described him as "the principal conduit for planes and supply routes that take arms ... from east Europe, principally Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine, to Liberia and Angola".
Andreas Wolf is a German footballer who plays as a defender for AS Monaco. He had previously played at 1. FC Nürnberg since 2002 and was the team captain, before leaving in the summer of 2011.
Nellie Vladimirovna Kim is a retired Soviet gymnast who won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. She was the first woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score on the vault and the first to earn it on the floor exercise, rivaling Nadia Comăneci, Ludmilla Tourischeva, and other strong competitors of the 1970s. Nellie Kim worked for a long time as a coach, training several national teams, and judged many major international competitions. As President of the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee, she coordinates the introduction of new rules in women's gymnastics, as provided by the new Code of Points, developed by the FIG in 2004–2005 and in effect since 2006.
Abu Abdollah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki, also written as Rudagi, was a Persian poet, and is regarded as the first great literary genius of the Modern Persian, who composed poems in the "New Persian" alphabet. Rudaki is considered as a founder of Persian classical literature. His poetry contains many of the oldest genres of Persian poetry including the quatrain. Only a small percentage of his extensive poetry has survived.
Vladimir Nikolayevich Voinovich, also spelled Voynovich, is a Russian writer and a dissident. He is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Department of Language and Literature.
Shabnam Surayyo, born on October 14, 1981 in Kulyab, Tajikstan is a popular Tajik singer. She was born into a musical family, with both her mother and sister also well-known singers in Tajikistan. However, Shabnam was little known until her popularity rose dramatically in 2006, when one of her songs was ranked No.1 in Tajikistan. Following this success, Shabnam hit international stardom amongst tajik people and Tajik-speakers around the globe. Most notably, she is popular in Afghanistan because she works with singers from that country and sometimes also covers their songs, either together with the original artists or with their permission. Shabnam also collaborated with the Afghan singer Jawid Sharif, creating a duet Ey Khuda. In addition, Shabnam has also performed duets with Tajiki singers, including Bahrom, Suhrobi Safarzod, Parvina Shukrulloeva, Jonibek Murodov and others from her own country. She also sang in Leila Forouhar’s concert in Tajikistan in 2006. In 2007, Shabnam Surayyo was nominated as the Goodwill Ambassador for Tajikistan and helped raise the awareness of AIDS.
Olympic Judo Athlete
Rasul Boqiev is an Tajikistani judoka. He is considered one of the top athletes in Tajikistan and the world in judo under 73 kg. Since his first international competition at the 2005 Asian Championships Tashkent, where he won the bronze medal, he has been successful in showing results of consistent improvement and athleticism. The following year, he went on and won a bronze medal at the lightweight (73 kg) category of the 2006 Asian Games, having won the bronze medal match against Kim Chol Su of North Korea. The same year he claimed the 2nd place for the 2006 Otto Super World Cup Hamburg. On 17 February 2007, he won the 2007 World Cup Budapest and on 17-May-2007 he won the bronze medal of Asian Championships Kuwait City. His achievement at the 2007 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro earned him a carte-blache to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. On 9 February 2008, the history repeated itself: for the second time in his career, Rasul contested at the Paris Super World Cup and again resulted 7th among 60 competitors. Rasul also regularly participates in various tournaments in Tajikistan and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. In April 2007 he won the 7th Russian Open Tournament in Chelyabinsk.
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Popovkin is the General Director of the Russian Federal Space Agency and former First Deputy Defense Minister of Russia. He is a retired General of the Army and former commander of the Russian Space Forces.
Lyudmila Chursina is an actress.
Khasan Makharbekovich Baroyev is a Russian wrestler of Ossetian origin, who competed in the Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. He is also the 2003 and 2006 world champion.
Manizha Davlat is a Tajik pop singer and one of Tajikistan's and Central Asia's best known, also known in Iran and Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries. She is associated with Persian pop music. Manizha sings in Tajiki, a dialect of Modern Persian native to her country. She performs in concerts regularly in her native Tajikistan as well as other neighboring countries.
Oqil Oqilov has served as the Prime Minister of Tajikistan since 20 December 1999. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan.
Elena Tatarkova is a professional female tennis player from Ukraine. Now retired, she won four ITF singles titles, four WTA doubles titles, and 25 ITF doubles titles. Her best career result came in doubles, where she reached the 1999 Wimbledon women's doubles final with partner Mariaan de Swardt, where they lost to Americans Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu. Tatarkova also made the 2001 French Open doubles semifinals with Justine Henin. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World Number 45 on 18 January 1999, and a high doubles ranking of World Number 9 on 5 July 1999. Since retiring from professional tennis in 2004, Elena married Timothy Feltham in September 2007 and is mother to Stanley and Austin
Mukhsin Muslimovich Mukhamadiev is a retired football player who represented both Tajikistan and Russia at international level. He played club football with Pakhtakor Kurgan-Tyube, Pamir Dushanbe, Lokomotiv Moscow, Ankaragücü, Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod, Austria Wien, Torpedo Moscow, Shinnik Yaroslavl, FJ Buxoro, Samarqand-Dinamo, FC Arsenal Tula and Vityaz Podolsk. Currently, he works as head coach of Tajikistan national football team.
Muboraksho Abdulvahhobovich Mirzoshoyev better known as Muboraksho also as Misha was a Pamiri singer, songwriter and actor recognized alongside Daler Nazarov as a pioneer of the Tajik rock music. Muboraksho was born on August 19, 1961 in Rushon district of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast of Tajikistan. He died on February 8, 2000.
Angelina Grün is a German volleyball player, who was a member of the German Women's Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Grün also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov is a film director, producer and screenwriter from Tajikistan. His most internationally famous film is the comedy Luna Papa. He won a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his movie Kosh ba kosh. In 2000 he was a member of the jury at the 22nd Moscow International Film Festival.
Alexander Huber is a German football player who currently plays for FSV Frankfurt. He plays as right defender or in the midfield.
Nigina Amonqulova is a Tajik folk music singer.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Dilshod Nazarov is a Tajikistani track and field athlete who specializes in the hammer throw. He has represented his country at the Olympic Games on three occasions. He has competed four times at the World Championships in Athletics, but has been most successful at regional competitions: he won medals at four consecutive Asian Athletics Championships and was the hammer champion at the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010. He won his first global medal in 2010 at the IAAF Continental Cup. His personal best for the event is 80.71 metres, set in 2013, which is the Tajik national record.
Edgar Yakovlevich Gess is a retired Soviet football player.
Valeri Sarychev is a former Russian-Tajikistan-South Korean footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His Korean name is Shin Eui-Son which means God's hand, because he has extremely good ability in goalkeeping in K-League. He became a naturalized Korean in 2000. In 2004, he played only League Cup 7 matches for FC Seoul and retired in May 2005. Now he is coaching goalkeepers for Busan IPark and the South Korea national under-20 football team.
Yuri Dmitriyevich Maslyukov was a Russian politician who was in charge of the Gosplan for three years preceding the demise of the Soviet Union.
Raimkul Khudoynazarovich Malakhbekov is one of highest titled boxers of Russia, who won two Olympic medals in the Men's Bantamweight category.
Mavzuna Chorieva is a Tajikistani boxer. She won bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the lightweight event. Mavzuna Chorieva became the first woman to win an Olympic medal for Tajikistan.
Henri Weber is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament for the north-west of France. He is a member of the Socialist Party, which is part of the Party of European Socialists, and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education. Weber was born in Leninabad, Soviet Union. He was an activist in the May 1968 uprising and was a leading member of the Trotskyist Revolutionary Communist Youth and Revolutionary Communist League before joining the PS. He is also a substitute for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, a member of the delegation to the EU–Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, and a substitute for the delegation for relations with Japan.
Rustam Sharipov is a Ukrainian gymnast and Olympic champion. He won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, representing Ukraine, and also a gold medal for the Unified Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Formerly Rustam was an Assistant Coach for the Men's Gymnastics team at the University of Oklahoma. In May 2011 Rustam accepted the Head Coach position at The Ohio State University.
Kamal Khujandi, also Kamal Khojandi, Kamaleddin Khojandi, or Kamal-E Khojandi, was a Persian Sufi and Persian ghazal poet of the 14th century. He was born in Khujand, today the capital of Sughd Province in Tajikistan. He lived in Tabriz and died in 1400 CE. He is counted among great romantic poets of the 14th century, like Amir Khosrow Dehlavi, Khwaju Kermani and Hafez. He was also a contemporary of Hafez. The modern Persian novelist and short story writer Sadegh Hedayat and his family trace their ancestry to Kamal Khojandi. Khojandi's tomb is located in the Tomb of Two Kamals at Tabriz, Iran, beside the tomb of Kamaleddin Behzad. There is also a statue of Kamal Khojandi nearby.
Nuriddin Davronov is a Tajikistani footballer who last played for Serbian SuperLiga club FK Sloboda Užice and the Tajikistan national football team.
Farhod Saidjonovich Vasiev is a Tajikistani footballer who currently plays for the Russian club FC Gazovik Orenburg, and the Tajikistan national football team. He played for Tajikistan in 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Qahhor Mahkamov served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Tajikistan and was the first President of Tajikistan.
Oleksiy Valentynovich Cherednyk is a retired Soviet, Tajikistani and Ukrainian football player and a current scout for FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
Tatyana Khashimovna Nikitina
Tatyana Khashimovna Nikitina is a prominent Russian bard. She usually performs together with her husband, Sergey Nikitin. She was born Tatiana Sadykova in Dushanbe on December 31, 1945. In 1971, she graduated from the Department of Physics of Moscow State University. In 1968, she began singing in a quintet led by her husband, Sergey Nikitin. They worked together as biophysicists as well as singers, creating many popular songs. Together they recorded more than 15 CDs and Vinyls. In 1990, she abandoned her research work to become the Manager for Culture of the October District ispolkom of Moscow, then became Deputy Prefect of the Central District of Moscow, and in 1992–1995 she was a deputy to the Minister for Culture of Russia. Since 1995, she has worked as a manager at Kartina, an Italian firm that organizes art exhibitions.
Nikolay Karpenko is a Kazakhstani ski jumper who has been competing since 2005. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 12th in the team large hill at Turin in 2006 while earning his best individual finish was 29th in the individual normal hill event at Vancouver in four years later. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Karpenko has finished 11th in team events three times and 26th in the individual large hill events. His best World Cup finish was eighth in a team flying hill event at Germany in 2009 while his best individual finish was 19th in an individual large hill event also in Germany in 2007.
Golrokhsar Safi is a prominent Iranologist, Persian literary figure and Tajikistan's national poet. In the late 1970s Golrokhsar Safi was an editor-in-chief of the newspaper Pioneer of Tajikistan. Golrokhsar is known for her contribution to Iranistics, modern Persian poetry and Persian folk songs. She is highly regarded throughout Iranian cultural continent.
Daler Nazarov is a Tajik songwriter, singer and actor. Nazarov was born in the Former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan. He has lived in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan for most of his life, but had to leave the country in the early 90's due to a civil war that ended around 1997. For the next few years he lived in Almaty, Kazakhstan and then returned to Dushanbe. Among his recent work is music for feature movies. Nazarov is of the Pamiri ethnic group and many of his songs are in Shughni language.
Rustamhodza Rahimov is a boxer from Germany, but of Tajik origins, as his name suggests.
Abu Mahmud Hamid ibn Khidr Khojandi was a Central Asian astronomer and mathematician with Mongol orijin who lived in the late 10th century and helped build an observatory, near the city of Ray, in Iran. He was born in Khujand; a bronze bust of the astronomer is present in a park in modern-day Khujand, now part of Tajikistan. The few facts about Khujandi's life that are known come from his surviving writings as well as from comments made by Nassereddin Tusi. From Tusi's comments it is fairly certain that Khujandi was one of the rulers of the Mongol tribe in the Khudzhand region, and thus must have come from the nobility.
Naim Sharifi is a Russian footballer of Tajik origin. He currently plays for Austrian club Kapfenberger SV .
Sergei Vladimirovich Mandreko is a Russian-Tajik association football coach and a former midfielder. As of July 2012, he works as an assistant manager with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
Olympic Freestyle wrestler
Zaurbek Sokhiev is a male freestyle wrestler from Uzbekistan.
Jamshed Usmonov is a Tajik film director, producer, scriptwriter and one of most notable figures of contemporary Persian cinema. He studied at the Dushanbe Fine Arts School in Dushanbe and Director's School in Moscow. His film To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Olympic Taekwondo Athlete
Alisher Gulov is a Tajikistani taekwondo practitioner. He competed in the +80 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics; he was defeated by Carlo Molfetta in the preliminary round and was eliminated by Liu Xiaobo in the repechage contest.
Anatoly Kovler is a Tajikistani-born Russian lawyer, former Professor at the Academic Law University of the Russian Academy of Sciences and currently the Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Russia. His term will expire on 31 October 2012.
Anatoli Starostin is a former Soviet modern pentathlete and Olympic champion.
Rahmatullo Fuzailov is a Tajikistan footballer currently playing for Vakhsh Qurghonteppa as a defender. Started his professional career as player of Tajik and Uzbek clubs, in 2000 moved to FC Shinnik Yaroslavl from Russian First Division. After playing for 7 years in different Russian clubs, in 2007 he returned to Dushanbe due to personal problems. During 2008 winter he returned to Russian First Division, but in the summer transfer window returned to Dushanbe to play for Energetik. He is a member of the Tajikistan national football team. His older brother Khakim Fuzailov also played football professionally.
Sokhib Suvonkulov is a Tajikistani football player. He currently plays for Ravan Baku. He is a member of the Tajikistan national football team. He previously played for Vakhsh Qurghonteppa. Suvonkulov made his debut for Ravan Baku in their 3-0 away defeat to Gabala on 20 September 2013, playing all 90 minutes. His first goal for Ravan came on 4 October 2013 in a 1-1 home draw against Khazar Lankaran. He played for Tajikistan in 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, 2010 AFC Challenge Cup, 2012 AFC Challenge Cup.
Tahmina Niyazova is a Tajiki singer. In 2008, she took first place in the international Russian-language Five Stars Intervision music contest. In 2003, at the age of 14 years, Tahmina Niyazova became the youngest winner of a competition in Tajikistan entitled ‘Stars of the New Century’. She participated in several local festivals, winning top prizes over the next several years, including ‘Best Song’ and ‘Song of the Year’ during 2007. She garnered 216 points during the ‘Five Stars’ competition, beating by one point her nearest competitor to win the event, receiving also an award for being the youngest participant. Tahmina Niyazova represented Tajikistan in 2009 at the Festival of Youth in the Commonwealth of Independent States in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 2012 Tahmina represented her homecountry Tajikistan at the International Music Festival "Suncane Skale" in Montenegro where she finished 5th with her song "Boom Boom Boom". The music video for her single "Boom Boom Boom" was also shoot in Montenegro and was directed by Macedonian video Producer Dario Jankovic. Tahmina comes from a noted musical family in Tajikistan, the most famous member of which was her grandfather, Boymuhammad Niyozov, the late Tajik classical musician.
Davlat Khudonazarov, is a Pamiri Tajik filmmaker, politician and human rights activist. Davlat was born 13 March 1944 in Khorugh, Tajikistan.
Shoista Mullojonova, born Shushana Rubinovna Mullodzhanova, was a renowned Tajik-born Bukharian Jewish Shashmakom singer.
Sergei Nikolayevich Nikulin is a retired Soviet football player and a current Russian coach.
Davron Ergashev is a Tajikistani footballer who plays for Istiqlol.
Anvar Yunusov is an amateur boxer from Tajikistan best known from giving Asian Games winner Violito Payla his first ever stoppage defeat at the 2007 World Championships. He has also qualified for the Olympics.
Yuri Lobanov is a Soviet-born Tajik sprint canoer who competed from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won two medals in the C-2 1000 m events with a gold in 1972 and a bronze in 1980. Lobanov also won 14 medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with ten gold, two silvers, and two bronzes.
Farrukh Amonatov is the only chess grandmaster in Tajikistan. He is also the winner of many international tournaments. Despite living and training in Moscow, Russia since, Amonatov represents Tajikistan in international tournaments. In 2007 Amonatov qualified for the Superfinal of the Russian Chess Championship and finished 10th.
Farkhod Negmatov is a Tajikistani taekwondo athlete.
Shuhrat Mamajonov is a retired Tajikistani footballer. In 2003, he works as an assistant in FC Nasaf Qarshi.
Farida Azizova is an Azerbaijani taekwondo practitioner. She competed in the 67 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was eliminated by Karine Sergerie in the preliminary round.
Akbarsho Iskandarov is a Tajik politician who was twice Acting President of Tajikistan. From October 6, 1991 to December 2, 1991, he acted as President when Rahmon Nabiyev stepped down to fight Tajikistan's first Presidential election. Nabiyev won the election and took over as president, but resigned in September 1992, following a coup d'etat. Iskandrov resigned on 20 November 1992, after which the office of President was abolished and Emomalii Rahmon was installed as head of state. Iskandarov also served as Ambassador to Turkmenidtan and Kazahstan.
Yuri Mikhailovich Baturenko is a Tajikistani professional football coach and a former player. He made his professional debut in the Soviet First League in 1983 for FC Pamir Dushanbe.
Oleg Gennadyevich Malyukov is a Russian professional football coach and a former player. He played 8 games for PFC CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League 1992–93. His son Oleg Olegovich Malyukov is also a professional footballer.
Benjamin Yusupov is a classical composer, conductor and pianist.
Serhiy Volodumurovuch Svystun is a former Soviet Ukrainian professional footballer who played for many different clubs, and now a football coach.
Kamil Saidov is a Tajikistani footballer who plays for Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda. He is a member of the Tajikistan national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
Abdujalil Akhadovich Samadov was a Tajik politician. He was a prime minister of Tajikistan between December 18, 1993 and December 2, 1994.
Jonibek Murodov was born on May 29, 1986. He is the son of the National Singer of the USSR Jurabek Murodov. In 2003 Jonibek Murodov was ended the Average educational school named SONMIN in Khujand city. After leaving school Jonibek Murodov received the first higher education in Modern Humanitarian Academy in Khujand city, the linguist-Arabist specialty. First musical activity has begun per 1998-2005 in group "BOLO". His second music experience was in 2006-2007 in group "Vazir", and since 2007 Jonibek Murodov has begun the solo career. The owner of prizes - Surudi Sol 2005, 2006, 2007. Sitorai sol 2008. The first solo album named by «Shukri Hudo» The second album feat Shabnam Surayo named by "Ollohu" The third album named by «Ay dil-ay dil». Also Jonibek Murodov with Shabnami Surayo gave concerts all around the world. Since 2007 Jonibek goes on world tour.
Alexander Frank is a German footballer of Tajik origin. In the year 2013 he finished his professional career. He is the son of famous Tajikistani former footballer Aleksandr Azimov. In 2010 his team Esteghlal Dushanbe where he played won the Tajik Championship and the Cup of Tajikistan. In 2011 he went to Usbekistan and played for Quizilqum Zarafshon. In year 2012 he returned to Esteghlal Dushanbe, with wich he won the AFC-President´s Cup 2012 in Dushanbe.< ref>http://www.ozodi.org/content/article/2011645.html</ref>
Yusuf Rabiev is an Tajik professional football player. The forward is playing for the Tajik Champions FK Khujand and is also part of the Tajik national team. Rabiev won the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup with the Tajik national team, scoring four goals in the tournament including a brace against Kyrgyzstan in the semi-final. Earlier he had played at the 2006 World Cup quaifiers, however Tajikistan failed to get behind the first stage. During the Qualification for the AFC Challenge Cup 2008 he helped Tajikistan to edge Philippines and qualify for the final tournament, where he scored a hat-trick against Afghanistan as his team won 4–0.
Abdumalik Bahori was children poet and the first Tajik fiction writer. He was born in the middle-class family who worked in the field of silk producing industry. He graduated Leninabad Pedagogical Institute known Khujand State University in 1946. Bahori was a writer who predicted cell phones and possible cloning of human. ⁕Dili beqaror - Дили беқарор 1962 ⁕Qarzi juragi - Қарзи ҷӯрагӣ ⁕Ajoiboit Nodar - Аҷоиботи Нодар 1972 ⁕Sunbula - Сунбула 1974
Abduhamid Juraev Isfara, Tajikistan was a Tajik mathematician. He published many articles and books.
Omar Hamzayevich Abdulayev is a citizen of Tajikistan, held in extrajudicial detention in the United States's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. The Department of Defense reports that Abdulayev was born on October 11, 1978, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He arrived at Guantanamo on February 9, 2002, and has been held there for 10 years, 5 months and 1 day.
Pavel Petrov is a Russian sprint canoer who has competed since the late 2000s. He won a bronze medal in the C-2 500 m event at the 2010 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Poznań.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Suhrob Khodjaev is an Uzbekistani hammer thrower. He was born in and originally competed for Tajikistan. Khodjaev competes for Uzbekistan at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won a bronze medal in hammer throw at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics.
Jahon Qurbonov, Russian: Dzhakhon Kurbanov, is an amateur boxer from Tajikistan, who competed in the 2006 Asian Games in the Light Heavyweight division. There he beat Mehdi Ghorbani in the semifinals and won the gold medal in a decisive final bout against Korea's Hak Sung Song 30-15. At the 2007 World Championships he beat Luis Gonzalez but was DQd against Yerkabulan Shynaliyev. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Qurbanov beat Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan and then Croatia's Marijo Šivolija before being eliminated by Shynaliyev, again via DQ for biting. He has qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Olympic Freestyle wrestler
Rustam Iskandari is a Tajikistani freestyle wrestler. He competed in the freestyle 96 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics; he was defeated by Valerii Andriitsev in the 1/8 finals and eliminated by Khetag Gazyumov in the repechage round.
Sherali Dostiev is a male boxer from Tajikistan. He is competing in the Light Flyweight division, and won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships. He competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was knocked out in the round of 32 by Harry Tanamor of the Philippines. Dostiev qualified for the Athens Games by ending up in first place at the 1st AIBA Asian 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guangzhou, PR China. In the final he defeated Thailand's Suban Pannon. In 2008 he lost 1:12 to Cuban Yampier Hernández.
Xurşed Maxmudov is a Tajikistani footballer who plays for Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda. He was a member of the Tajikistan national football team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
Akmal Kholmatov is a Tajikistani footballer who plays for Lokomotiv Tashkent. He is a member of the Tajikistan national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
Dilshod Vasiev is a Tajikistani football midfielder, currently at Esteghlal Dushanbe.
Mahmadsaid Ubaydulloyev is a Tajikistani politician. He is mayor of Dushanbe since 1996, the national capital. He has also served as Chairman of the Majlisi Milli from 2000.
Jahongir Ergashev is a Tajikistani footballer who plays as a striker for Istiqlol Dushanbe. Ergashev represented Tajikistan at the 2013 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, and scored against Macau in qualifying for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.
Yudik Mullodzhanov is a tenor, violinist, and music teacher. He is known, within his community, as the "Bukharian Pavarotti".
Alisher Tuychiev is Tajikistani football player of Uzbekistani descent. He currently trains as goalkeeper with FK Khujand, however he is yet to sign with them. He's also member of the Tajikistan national football team.
Olympic Judo Athlete
Parviz Sobirov is a Tajikistani judoka. Parviz finished in joint fifth place in the middleweight division at the 2006 Asian Games. He lost to Hiroshi Izumi of Japan in the bronze medal match. He currently resides in Dushanbe.
Ibrahim Rabimov is a Tajikistani footballer who is a midfielder for Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda. He is a member of the Tajikistan national football team.
Jamshed Ismoilov is a Tajikistani football player.
Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev is a Tajikistani footballer who plays for Esteghlal Dushanbe. He is a member of the Tajikistan national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. He also joined the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in South Korea.
Akhtam Khamroqulov is a Tajikistani footballer who plays for Regar-TadAZ.
Nobovar Chanorov is a Tajik singer of the Shams group. The Shams and Nobovar Chanorov are known as Beatles of Tajiks. Created in 1995, Shams is today one of the best groups of Rock and Roll in Tajikstan. This group of 7 musicians between 25 and 40 years, originating in Pamir, is the most known group since their first concert in Almaty. A month before the peace agreement of civil war was signed in Tajikistan, the group has returned to Dushanbe. The musicians of the group change regularly and Shams of today is known especially thanks to its singer Nobovar Chanorov and his guitarist Iqbol Zavqibekov. Up to now the group has produced 4 albums. Shams is also known in Afghanistan, in Uzbekistan, in Russia and in Europe. Life and Education Nobovar was born in Komsomolobod in the Rasht valley of Tajikistan. His parents are orinally from Dehrushan village of Rushan District of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, in the Pamirs. Himself being a Rushani speaker, he sings mostly in Tajiki and Rushani. However, he sings individual songs in Spanish, English and Russian. Nobovar has spent his childhood and schooling years in the home village of his parents - Dehrushan. He started his singing from early years. As part of his family tradition, he started playing rubab and accordion and singing maddoh and pop-songs. His father, seeing his talent, gave him to the local musical school which he attended after his formal school at certain days of the week.
Farrukh Choriev is an Tajikistan player, who currently plays for Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda.