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A woman holds a poster condemning the Ingushetia attack on journalists and human rights defenders, during a protest in Moscow, Russia, 10 March 2016, Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

In 2016, a group of masked men attacked a minibus carrying journalists and human rights activists; several of the journalists were hospitalised and their vehicle and equipment were destroyed. No suspects have ever been identified.

Rapper Oxxxymiron performs during a concert in support of rapper Husky at a club in Moscow, Russia, 26 November 2018, MAXIM ZMEYEV/AFP/Getty Images

In the last three months of 2018, at least 36 music performances were cancelled due to official intervention; authorities claimed they were upholding laws protecting children from the promotion of suicide and narcotics.

An image grab from an AFPTV video shows the entrance to the Interior Ministry of Tajikistan ahead of a press conference, in Dushanbe, 30 July 2018, SHODMON KHOLOV/AFP/Getty Images

Sharofiddin Gadoev has lived as a refugee in Holland since 2015; he was detained on a trip to Moscow and transported to Tajikistan where family members say he has been forced to denounce opposition figures publicly.