"I want to say a few words about Tajiks. Tajiks are a special people. These are not Kyrgyzs nor Uzbeks, these are Tajiks, the most ancient people of Central Asia. Tajik - means the carrier of the crown, they were so called by the Iranians, but the Tajiks justified this title. Of all non-Russian Muslim peoples in the USSR, the Tajiks are the only non-Turkic, but Iranian. The Tajiks are a people whose intelligentsia has gave birth to the great poet Firdausi, and not surprisingly, they, Tajiks, take their cultural traditions from him. You must have felt during this ten-day period that they, the Tajiks, have a finer artistic sense, their ancient culture and a special artistic taste are manifested in music and song and dance. "
Joseph Stalin. April 22, 1941