Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from May, 2015
'I started to save money for a car, but couldn't resist the temptation to buy Shoro.'
"This is the most well-made film of a Tajik IS fighter. Unsurprisingly, they have quickly used [him] for recruitment purposes."
"The whole system is corrupt, starting with the government. The fish rots from the head."
'I do believe, that whoever wishes death to Afghanistan, cannot have any love for Tajikistan.'
Sonita Alizadeh is now living and going to school in the US, and she’s still making music about social justice in Afghanistan.
In response to a sexist outburst by a ranking government official, young women have started posting selfies with the hashtag #WrinkledWoman while scrunching up their faces to lampoon the remark.
Arzu Geybullayeva calls on Western leaders to speak out on political prisoners in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the European Games.
"I am not a terrorist. I have never done anything like that."
Last week, we reported that a journalist had succeeded in preventing a Chechen teenager from being married against her will. It now appears the marriage will go through, after all.
Some people do not even know Tajikistan exists. They are missing out.
"I bet that he is the scion of some other official, because we could never afford to educate our children at this school."
How an independent Russian journalist averted the forced marriage of a 17-year-old Chechen girl to a high-ranking, 57-year-old police official.
Once you hear this Central Asian ode to the iPhone, you won't be able to un-hear it.