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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

3 October 2015

Kyrgyzstan's Youth ‘Against All’ on the Eve of Elections

As noisy electoral campaigns draw to a close many young Kyrgyzstanis have no interest in the October 4 parliamentary vote in their country.

29 September 2015

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

26 September 2015

Maternal Infanticides, Attempted Suicides Highlight Heavy Burden on Tajik Women

'All this happens because there is no social protection for the population. There is an agency to carry out this function, but it is completely useless.'

21 September 2015

Reinventing the Blues on Ex-Soviet Georgia’s Black Sea

'As we kick into a Slim Harpo number, the rhythm section slides deep in the pocket before Tamaz, our guitarist, shreds the solo to ribbons.'

15 September 2015

What Does ISIS Want From Central Asia?

Does the radical group look to the region for cheap manpower, physical territory, or both?

11 September 2015

Umida Ahmedova оn the Burden of Censorship and Being a Female Artist in Uzbekistan

"There was a girl there who did not want to jump from a bridge into the water. We used this image as a metaphor."

8 September 2015

Deadly Violence and Intrigue: What Is Happening in Tajikistan?

Perhaps 26 dead and over 50 arrested. But what is the logic driving ongoing conflict in Tajikistan?

2 September 2015

Hundreds of Austrians and Germans Turn Out to Welcome Refugees Arriving From Hungary

Refugees travelling through Austria to Germany were greeted with applause at train stations by Austrians and Germans bearing not only good will, but food, water sanitary products and toys.

1 September 2015

‘Maximizing the Good, Hiding the Bad': How Poverty and Welfare Are Measured in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, poverty has many different faces. Some of them are obscured from view.

Meet the Men That Have Eluded Tajikistan's Secret Beard Police

Unsurprisingly, none of them are practising Muslims.

20 August 2015

Tajikistan Cracks Down on Pop Idol Traffic Rule Breakers

"Like many ex-Soviet cities, Dushanbe has a driving culture straight out of a Fast and Furious movie. Potholed roads encourage swerving at speed."

17 August 2015

Kyrgyz Rappers Trash Bribe-Takers in Hip-Hop News Segment

"There are no clean people on this old stage."

10 August 2015

Gülen Schools Get Flushed Out of Tajikistan

"Will Erdoğan end up destroying the key component of the Turkish soft power in Central Asia?"

4 August 2015

A Fistful of Viral Video Stars from Central Asia

A bad rapper, a toddler conductor, a horse-loving President, football's most violent team and a man whose name is not Jimmy.

1 August 2015

How a Kazakh Boy Grew Up to Be a Glam-Rock Opera Singer in the US

Timur Bekbosunov is a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan, but he got his start in the US state of Kansas.

30 July 2015

‘Drunk and Half-Naked’ Russian Soldiers Take a Beating in Tajikistan

'We are kindly asking the Kulob police not to prosecute the local lions who defended our honor and culture and fought these Russian drunks.'

Azerbaijan's Political Prisoners, the State and its Secret Society

What is with the rows of passive spectators literally taking up space at the trials of the country's most high-profile political prisoners?

27 July 2015

Afghans Nail #GrowingUpAfghan on Twitter

"My dad just asked me to make him tea when it's 84 degrees outside #GrowingUpAfghan."

18 July 2015

Tajikistan's State News Agency Strengthens its Monopoly Over ‘News’

"An important step to reach complete authoritarianism!"

14 July 2015

The Qurghonteppa Escape, Aka the Shawshank Redemption with a Tajik Twist

After an inmate escapes in a car driven by a penitentiary chief from the Tajik president's hometown, netizens salute the policeman that refused to play ball.

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