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.