Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2017
Azerbaijan's Last Rail Stop Before Nagorno Karabakh Is a Quiet Place, When It Isn't Getting Hit by Shells
Welcome to Kocharli: the end of the line.
“They come to us and say, 'We want to see your beer in our restaurant.' We tell them: join the queue.”
The dead are mostly local Kyrgyz from a nearby village, and some of the stories are harrowing.
“Now many Internet users have a common passion — to get on this list."
"A 29-year-old general, a fighter of corruption, [Rustam Emomali] just became Dushanbe's mayor. And what have you achieved?"
"I do not in any way justify those that beat him, but… I don’t want our people to be tolerant of these kind of sick freaks."
Whatever the truth, the damage to the little-known country's image has already been done.