Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from May, 2016
"Then they are surprised, when people go to join ISIS."
"Pashtun zealots, water-carrying Tajiks, porter Hazaras and raw-brained Uzbeks, good morning!"
All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.
Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.
It's been a long, dangerous journey, so Ali Jaffari first thought it was a scam when a Greek friend offered his family a room at a three-star hotel in Athens.
Watching this on loop might just be the perfect between-episodes-fix for compulsive addicts of the cult HBO show.
Dilbar Gurgova was ostracised and driven into poverty after her husband was detained on extremism charges. Compatriots working in Russia were eager to help.
An extreme solution to a demographic conundrum?
The club is helping to develop local football from the ground up while also extending help to players that fell victim to trafficking scams.
As Kazakhstan's economic crisis rumbles on, the authoritarian government's PR blunders go from bad to dangerously worse.
Uzbekistan's authoritarian government has made several attempts to lure the social media generation back into its virtual orbit.
From sword-wielding nomads through commandos toting automatic rifles, women have played their part in defending the country's borders.
"The aim of these lessons is preventing the spread of prostitution among women and ensuring their moral education."
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