Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from April, 2020
In authoritarian Central Asia, the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for states to make a show of strength of strength, yet it also lays bare their weaknesses.
Azerbaijanis over 65 are not permitted to leave their homes. Therefore many cannot receive their pensions, buy badly needed medication, or access social support.
Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.
The Azerbaijani government has tightened its quarantine restrictions, and now enlists mobile networks to manage public movement.
As Kyrgyzstan struggles with the economic fallout of the coronavirus, ordinary citizens are organising on an impressive scale — delivering food to the poor and surgical masks to doctors.