Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from August, 2017
One Year On: Uzbekistan's Unhappy Ex-Ruling Family
A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.
Trump's Strategy for Afghanistan: New Hopes and Old Fears
"Finally, President Trump made it clear and said what Afghans were saying in last 15 years: Pakistan hosts terrorists."
Afghan Asylum Seekers’ Anti-Deportation Protest in Stockholm Marks Two Weeks
"Stop deporting minors. Or even better, stop all deportation of refugees."
Amid Efforts to Clean Up Corruption, Uzbekistan's President Calls Prosecutors ‘Trash’
"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."
Afghanistan's Government Stood by as Militants Unleashed Hell on a Hazara Village
The capture of Mirzaolang by Taliban-led militants is the latest shocking brutality inflicted on the long-suffering ethnic group.
‘The Turkmenator': Turkmenistan's President Plays Up His Gun and Knife Skills on State TV
An overseas independent news outlet was quick to download the footage and re-edit it into a Hollywood-style action sequence, which went viral.
Think You've Mastered Tongue Twisters? Try Them in Lezgi!
While widely spoken in the Caucasus, Lezgi is an endangered language. But YouTube users are doing their best to save it.
As an Economic Crisis Grips Turkmenistan, the President Sings and Bikes
"The country is in big trouble, people are hungry and cold, and there is no economy, no production..."