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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

8 December 2017

What Future for the ‘Wikipedia Seagull’ on Kazakhstan's Brand New Banknotes?

A seagull appearing on the 500 tenge note was claimed by a Swiss photographer, but officials have not acknowledged copyright infringement.

7 December 2017

Ashraf Ghani Gets Thumbs Down After ‘Anti-Women’ Headscarf Gaffe

After an outcry, Afghanistan's president apologised for the remark.

Kyrgyz Children's Author Remakes Old Fables, Drives New Narratives

“There are no fairytale weddings in my stories and no handsome prince. None of my characters are especially waiting for him, either.”

26 November 2017

A Student's Suicide Prompts Demands for Higher Education Reform in Afghanistan

"Break the hand that pushed a person to kill herself!"

25 November 2017

Journalists Face the Sharp End of Growing Violence and Insecurity in Afghanistan

Global Voices Advocacy

Authorities are quick to hail the free press as an achievement, but slow to offer it protection.

Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero ‘Fascist Collaborator’

"Garegin Nzhdeh is one of the greatest heroes of the Armenian nation and monuments to him should be erected not only in Yerevan, but also in different parts of Armenia."

23 November 2017

13 Things Banned (or Strongly Discouraged) in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

18 November 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Sheep Sacrificed to Stem Car Crash Scourge

"We gave meat to everybody that passed, explaining that the food was from God."

15 November 2017

When Citizens Rejected a Ban on WhatsApp and Telegram, Afghan Officials Backed Down

Global Voices Advocacy

"The order must be immediately withdrawn, otherwise we put Ghani’s name in line with dictators like Putin, Bashar Assad, Kim Jong Un and many more."

13 November 2017

How a Female Scientist Became a Symbol of Resistance to Sexism in Kyrgyzstan

"Take that patriarchs! A woman scientist is saving lives while you make judgements on how to correctly collect dirty socks!"

A Game of Inches: Watch the Georgian Try That Sent Rugby Fans Into Raptures

"I wish I had seen this in real time. The speed those legs were pumping at, to reach the ball. AND ground it! Amazing! Bravo!"

12 November 2017

Azerbaijani Activist Defies Government Pressure, NGO Stereotypes

"What I've seen during my lifetime is that most of the democracy and freedom fighters sold out in the end."

‘I Felt This Happiness in My Skin and Bones': Domestic Football Thrills Afghanistan

"(The) Afghan football final was a huge success regardless of who won. A sold out crowd cheered two hours straight."

11 November 2017

Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan's Quetta

"Years ago, women’s lives were limited to the four walls of the house in Hazara Town, but it is no longer the case now."

9 November 2017

Meet Khazar Fatemi, a Swedish Journalist Still Searching for the Afghanistan She Left Behind

"For me it is important to use the freedom my parents fought so hard for."

5 November 2017

Athletes, Politicians Back Georgian Soccer Player's Support for LGBT Rights

"We are far from getting there, but I see change," one Tbilisi resident commented.

3 November 2017

Why Tajik Brides Live in Fear of Their In-Laws, Even Before They Get Married

Some 300 brides from the country's Khatlon region complained of abuse from their mothers-in-law in the first nine months of 2017.

1 November 2017

In Offhand Remark, Putin Says Someone Is Harvesting Russians’ Biological Material

RuNet Echo

"...someone is collecting images of our voters and using them in some way…images are one thing, but did you know that biological material is being collected across the whole country"

28 October 2017

Kyrgyz Media Outlet's Report Shows President-Elect's Campaign Gained Access to Private Data

"What we have shown is that government servers that process and handle the data of citizens of Kyrgyzstan … was hosting an election campaign website that was collating similar data."

27 October 2017

Kyrgyz People of Central Asia Shocked to Be the Bad Guys in New Japanese ‘Tokusatsu’ Movie

In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.

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