It is the country of mountains and rivers. In fact, 93% of the territory of Tajikistan is occupied by mountains which belong to the highest mountains groups of the Pamir and the Tien Shan Mountains with absolute heights varying from 300 m up to 7,495 m.
The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s. In 1929 Tajikistan was made one of the component republics of the Soviet Union, the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic and it kept that status until its independence in1991.
Tajikistan is the only former Soviet state with Islam as its official religion. During the course of seven decades of political control, Soviet policy makers were unable to eradicate the Islamic tradition.
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