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Saturday, April 14, 2007

President Calls for End of '-ov' Endings

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov has officially changed his surname to "Rakhmon," according to the country's Foreign Ministry.

In efforts to return to Persian roots, the president also appealed to new Tajik parents to follow suit and register new-born babies under Persian surnames and drop Russian-style endings like "-ov" and "-ev."

During the Soviet era, most Tajik residents added Slavic endings to their Persian-style surnames. [Link]

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