Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from June, 2016
"The information war in Kyrgyzstan is a part of the broader global information war. It has always been and always will be."
"While taxpayers ultimately foot the bill for this, two privileged citizens have been massively enriched by the games: the president’s daughters."
"Not those 120 sheep, a different 120 sheep!"
"A massive information attack has begun against the Prime Minister launched by forever fickle MPs, and those affiliated with different oligarchic groups."
"I left, because now there is no place for love there. I left, because there was no use in staying there. I left, because oppression and pain crossed all lines."
As Hollywood unleashes a Di Caprio-coloured plot to appropriate the life of a famous Persian poet, older battles over his legacy are coming to the boil.
"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."
Because how could it not?
"America is mother of Daesh [ISIS] and the grandmother of the Taliban. It supports Daesh by injecting Dollars. It supports the Taliban by injecting Pakistani Rupees."
Another tale of tragedy from a Central Asian country that seems to produce them more regularly than most.
"Football and show business were the only areas where criticism was allowed and tolerated. And now even here they are choking the voice of the public."
"If you really do not understand then why are you here? To polish your backsides on these chairs?"
"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.
"Those who share the bloody pictures of victims not only irritate [victims'] families but also unintentionally assist the Taliban in their propaganda."
"The Kiwi Café incident produced a cornucopia of social media comment – ranging from outrage to amusement."