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· April, 2016

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from April, 2016

28 April 2016

Russia's Vilest Website Grows a Heart

RuNet Echo

One of the vilest, most mean-spirited corners of the Russian Internet is now behind one of the sweetest, most compassionate flashmobs in RuNet history.

24 April 2016

Azerbaijan's Hunger Games: Independent Media on the Brink

Global Voices Advocacy

"We declare yet again, by opening this absurd criminal investigation the government of Azerbaijan is creating barriers to freedom of speech, and journalism activity."

17 April 2016

Georgian Fashion: The Next Big Thing?

Known to fashionistas simply as Avtandil, Tskvitinidze, 42, never left his hometown, and has no desire to do so: “Europe and the US are overcrowded.”

If Kazakhstan Made Valentine's Day Cards…

The cards mark Kazakhstan's National Day of Lovers on April 15, created by the government as an alternative to the Western celebration.

12 April 2016

Tajikistan and Iran: Bound by a Shared Heritage, Torn by a Shared Mistrust

Relations between the two countries appear back on track after a winter of discontent. Or are they?

11 April 2016

‘I Don't Want to be Burned Alive’: A Doctor’s Account of the US Airstrike That Destroyed MSF Hospital in Afghanistan

The Bridge

"The things that were constant in my nightmares were the roaring sound and panels of wood crashing down on us. And screams. Mine."

10 April 2016

The Naked Truth About Censorship In Uzbekistan

"All that is left is for her to act in a porn movie and disgrace her nation in front of the world. This girl is a shame to the nation."

8 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: What Panama Papers?

In this episode, the period gets political in Poland, Afro-Chileans demand recognition in Chile, and Chinese censors go into overdrive to remove the Panama Papers -- even from email.

4 April 2016

Film Says Students Across Central and Eastern Europe Should Cooperate on Fighting Corruption

A recently published documentary shows how youth organizations from various countries can cooperate to put an end to the shady dealings that too often occur within educational institutions.

Does Azerbaijan's Ruling Family Feature in the #PanamaPapers Leak? Of Course it Does!

"Registration records list [President Ilham Aliyev's sister] at an address in a West London neighborhood where average home prices touch $9 million."

3 April 2016

Facebook Lands More People in Trouble in Kazakhstan

Global Voices Advocacy

'Kazakhstan has drawn criticism ... for what media rights advocates have described as the excessively punitive libel damages sometimes levelled at journalists.'

Smouldering Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Ablaze After Clashes Between Azeri and Armenian Forces

Fighting on April 2 was some of the most deadly the contested enclave has seen since an oft-broken peace in 1994.

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