09-15-2015, 05:22 PM #1
Man fined 15 months' wages for birthday cake post
Tajikistan, a little known state northeast of Afghanistan, has some funny rules about birthday celebrations. To stop families ratcheting up big debts for weddings etc, parties were banned in 2007. It's become known as the 'no parties' state. The rule only seems to apply to your average Joe though, and citizens say it isn't fair:
One oft-cited example is a video leaked onto YouTube in 2013 showing 62-year-old President Emomali Rahmon singing and dancing exuberantly at a lavish wedding for his oldest son.
Whoops! Two months on the pic was spotted and Amirbek has just been slapped with a $600 fine - 15 times the average Tajik weekly wage. Amirbek is unemployed anyhow and says he can't pay and intends to appeal.
There is also something in the story about the president's son Somoni being impersonated by a schoolboy who managed to extort $50,000 from a businessman in a fake land deal. No idea what that's about.
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