Staunton, March 14 – The border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, one that has been only partially demarcated and that includes exclaves of one in the other, has often been the site of clashes between the people living along it. But this week one of those has escalated from stone throwing to the use of lethal force that has cost the lives of at least two Tajiks.
On Wednesday, Kyrgyz workers attempted to work on a road bisecting the Tajik exclave of Barukh in Kyrgystan. That led local Tajiks to throw rocks at the workers, the workers responded, and the situation escalated to the point that Kyrgyz border units fired on the Tajiks killing at least two of them (tajikta.tj/ru/news/voennye-kyrgyzstana-otkryli-ogon-po-zhitelyam-tadzhikskogo-sela-protestovavshim-protiv-stroitelstva- and tajikta.tj/ru/news/v-rezultate-konflikta-na-tadzhiksko-kyrgyzskoy-granitse-pogib-grazhdanin-rt-
fergana.agency/news/105895/ and tajikta.tj/ru/news/prezidenty-kyrgyzstana-i-tadzhikistana-obsudili-slozhivshuyusya-situatsiyu-na-granitse
One reason that the presidents of the two Central Asian countries have moved quickly to quash this conflict is that some in Moscow are already advocating that the Russian government use this clash as the basis for intervening in the two former republics, possibly beyond what either Bishkek or Dushanbe would want (