The new photo header above is cropped from a photo of a wanted poster that I took in the departure section of Dushanbe International Airport:
I couldn’t resist taking a pic. Even if I knew taking a flash pic at 3am in a medium security area could result in a lengthy chat with your friendly local militsia. A closer look at the poster, in particular the guy 4th from the left on top, resulted in another pic:
For those of you who aren’t Cyrillically inclined, that is Mahmud Khudoyberdiev (I prefer Khudoberdiev). Why was I interested in his profile on a wanted poster? Well, as… uh… “Kayumars” explains, he’s likely been dead for a while, despite the rather entertaining rumors. The basic rumor, stripped of crazy details, is that he is alive and well in Uzbekistan. The government of Tajikistan seems to concur, and issued an international arrest warrant for Mahmud-Aka.