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· April, 2017

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from April, 2017

The Return of the Butcher of Kabul: What Does It Mean for Peace in Afghanistan?

Global Voices spoke with activist, journalist and author Akram Gizabi about the potential implications of warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's return to the domestic political fold.

Kyrgyz Kickboxer Claims Racism After Publicly Contesting a Loss in Russia

The contest's Russian referee threatened Sharsheyev with deportation as he refused to leave the ring after the loss.

How Alexey Navalny Abandoned Russian Nationalism

Alexey Navalny had to reinvent himself to take charge of the Russian opposition, but he may have given up his populist edge over Vladimir Putin, along the way.

Georgia's Five-Year-Old Prince Prepares to Reign

"It was a huge event that after two hundred years there was a baby baptized as Prince of Georgia."

Kazakhstan's Great Alphabetical Distraction

Kazakhstan's veteran leader suddenly seems to think the country's long-planned transition to a Latin alphabet is very pressing indeed. The country's social media users want to know why.

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

Urbanisation in Chechnya: Why Do People Leave Their Ancestral Villages?

Chechnya's farms have fallen fallow as villagers enthusiastically swap the hard work and abundance of the countryside for occasional labour and handouts in the city.

The Other Face of the Mountain: Afghanistan's ‘Ski Challenge’

If you want to go backcountry skiing in Afghanistan, Bamyan is the place.

One Day They Stole Me: True Story Animations Spotlight Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnapping Scourge

Tatyana Zelenskaya's powerful drawings tell the story of five kidnapped women, each with a very different destiny.

Netizen Report: Online Battles Break Out Amid Elections in Armenia and Ecuador

LiveJournal bans "political solicitation" in Russia (its new home), Google contemplates a return to China, and Bangladesh's telecom regulator rejects a proposed Facebook bedtime ban.

Pre-Vote Shenanigans — And Fake News — Cloud Armenia's General Election

The build up to #Armvote17 showcased a sample of the online tactics favoured by modern-day vote manipulators.

‘Why Can’t I Kiss My Girlfriend in Public?’ The Story of an Armenian Queer Woman

A queer woman reveals her life story and shares her stubborn struggle for lesbian emancipation in a homophobic patriarchal society.

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