Russians in Tajikistan

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St. Nicholas Cathedral in Dushanbe, the Cathedral church of the Russian Orthodox Eparchy of Dushanbe and Tajikistan

Russians in Tajikistan are a minority ethnic group numbering 68,200 individuals as of 2000 Census, representing 1.1% of the population.[1] In 1989, ethnic Russians made up 7.6% of the population.[2] The population of ethnic Russians in Tajikistan is rapidly declining due to low fertility rates and emigration. Most ethnic Russians reside in the capital city of Dushanbe. Regardless of this situation, Russian is provided with the status of a co-official language with Tajik and a status of a "language of interethnic communication", and since Soviet times remains widely used on many levels of the society and the state. Both Russian and Tajik are Indo-European languages, the former is a Slavic language & the latter belongs to Indo-Iranian language family.

Russians in Tajikistan are mostly followers of the Russian Orthodox Church, under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Eparchy of Dushanbe and Tajikistan.

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  1. ^ 1.^ ^ (2000)
  2. ^ 2.^ 55.^ Tajikistan - Ethnic Groups. Source: U.S. Library of Congress