Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from October, 2016
Countries that shared a similar existence under the Kremlin's yoke found in their national wardrobes rich sources of self-expression.
"Everyone is like me. They love their village, land and water. These things call us back."
The equestrian contact sport Kok-Buro is a test of skill and strength, and at the end of a game the players often get to eat the trophy.
"Sometimes they would joke: 'You are from the office of unmarried women, right?'"
After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.
Despite his regular publicity on social media, Kadyrov still managed to shock people, when his three young sons appeared as participants in a recent mixed martial arts tournament in Grozny.
"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."
"It's not October yet, but it's coming." That's the tagline for "September," a new website that aims to be a platform for leftist thought across the former Soviet Union.
The president's face, or the face of a humble migrant?