Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from August, 2017
A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.
"Finally, President Trump made it clear and said what Afghans were saying in last 15 years: Pakistan hosts terrorists."
"Stop deporting minors. Or even better, stop all deportation of refugees."
"I am sorry, but I don’t like prosecutors at all…. I was a district chairman, a province chairman and I know very well how these unscrupulous people behave."
The capture of Mirzaolang by Taliban-led militants is the latest shocking brutality inflicted on the long-suffering ethnic group.
An overseas independent news outlet was quick to download the footage and re-edit it into a Hollywood-style action sequence, which went viral.
While widely spoken in the Caucasus, Lezgi is an endangered language. But YouTube users are doing their best to save it.
"The country is in big trouble, people are hungry and cold, and there is no economy, no production..."