Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from December, 2016
Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.
"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."
With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.
"The goat worries about his life, the butcher worries about the fat.”
In the era of fake news and 'information warfare', the story of Kloop.kg is one that both inspires and reassures.
The interview with a self-promoting Kazakh news presenter that never happened was quickly disowned by the purported interviewer.
Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.
"I don’t want to be remembered by apologising in my final statement. I refuse to see myself as a prisoner. I am a lover of freedom."
"The whole might of the Kyrgyz Nomadic Spirit, the intimate, magical fluid of our mountainous country."
A new Uzbek president can change a lot of things between the two countries.