Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2019
A theatre boss looked to a cybersport tournament to generate much-needed revenue and got sacked for his troubles.
Up to 200,000 ethnic Koreans were deported to Central Asia from the Russian Far East by Soviet authorities during the 1930s.
"Every year we are told that a house will be provided for us next year."
Aisultan Nazarbayev has a history of surprising compatriots with sensational social media posts.
Activists cheered the concession as a victory of people power.
"If you don't touch us, we won't touch you."
Young, popular and politicized, video blogger Mehman Huseynov is a classic target of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society.
"She was not silent when others buried their heads in the sand. She risked her life every day and knew the value of this risk."
"We're caught in the middle. End of story."