DUSHANBE, July 11, 2012, Asia-Plus  -- Islamic Revival Party leader Muhiddin Kabiri, who is also deputy of the lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of the Tajik parliament, met with representatives of Tajik labor migrants in the office of the Sobraniye public association in Moscow on July 10.

According to IRP’s headquarters in Dushanbe, the meeting members included representatives of Tajik Diasporas and Tajik labor migrants working in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm and Volgograd.

IRP leader reportedly welcomed intention of the Union of Tajiks in Russia to open centers for teaching the Russian language in Tajikistan and noted that the Islamic Revival Party could assist them with opening of such centers.  He also recommended the Union to cooperate with the Tajik government on that issue, the source said.

Speaking at the meeting, Kabiri reportedly called on those present to set up centers for culture and protection of migrants’ rights in Russia. 

Founded in October 1990, the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan was registered on December 4, 1991.  It was banned by the Supreme Court in June 1993 and legalized in August 1999.  Its official newspaper is Najot (Salvation).  According to some sources, IRP now has some 25,000-30,000 members.  It won two seats in the 2010 parliamentary elections.  The Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan is the only Islamic party registered in CIS Central Asia.