Tajikistan’s Bureaucratic Management of Exclusion: Responses to the Russian Reentry Ban Database

In: Central Asian Affairs
Malika Bahovadinova Indiana University – Bloomington107 S. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, in47405

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This article analyzes the consequences of the Russian Federation’s introduction of an electronic database that dynamically generates lists of individuals with reentry bans, with a focus on its effect on the Tajik migration management bureaucracy and Tajik migrant workers. Countering standard narratives about the passive citizenry of authoritarian states, it demonstrates how Tajik citizens change the emphasis in the bureaucracy through their everyday encounters with civil servants and bureaucrats. However, this is not a clear case of subversion or subaltern agency, but rather an engagement that remains structured by capitalist needs for expendable, disciplined, and most importantly deportable alien labor.

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