In 1990 Yaqub Salimov was convicted for taking part in Dushanbe riots. When Tajik Civil War broke out, Salimov was released from prison, and become a leader of Popular Front, a paramilitary group fighting on the government side. In 1997 he was charged with attempting a coup d'etat. Afterwards he fled from Tajikistan, but was arrested in Moscow in 2003 and extradited to Tajikistan. On April 25, 2005, he received 15 years in prison sentence. Yaqub Salimov was released on the 21st of June 2016.
- ГАФАРЛЫ, МЕХМАН (2004-02-25). На родину в наручниках Россия экстрадировала в Душанбе бывшего главу МВД Таджикистана Якуба Салимова (in Russian). Novye Izvestiya. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
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