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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

9 June 2016

Popular Sports Website Goes Offline in Uzbekistan in Wake of Fan Controversy

Global Voices Advocacy

"Football and show business were the only areas where criticism was allowed and tolerated. And now even here they are choking the voice of the public."

2 June 2016

What a Vote on Islamic Marriage Blessings Says About Politics in Kyrgyzstan

"If you really do not understand then why are you here? To polish your backsides on these chairs?"

Azerbaijan: Khadija Free, But Other Political Prisoners Await Their Turn

Global Voices Advocacy

"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.

Is Social Media Helping to Perpetuate Violence in Afghanistan?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Those who share the bloody pictures of victims not only irritate [victims'] families but also unintentionally assist the Taliban in their propaganda."

1 June 2016

Attack on Vegan Café in Georgia Opens New Front in Culture War

"The Kiwi Café incident produced a cornucopia of social media comment – ranging from outrage to amusement."

30 May 2016

Russian Citizen Imprisoned for Filming Police Detaining Hijab-Wearing Women in Tajikistan

"Then they are surprised, when people go to join ISIS."

28 May 2016

In Afghanistan, Social Media Gives Rise to Hate Speech

"Pashtun zealots, water-carrying Tajiks, porter Hazaras and raw-brained Uzbeks, good morning!"

27 May 2016

Why Afghanistan's Hazara Won't Stop Marching

All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.

15 May 2016

Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View

Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.

14 May 2016

For Long-Suffering Refugees, a Three-Star Respite in Athens

It's been a long, dangerous journey, so Ali Jaffari first thought it was a scam when a Greek friend offered his family a room at a three-star hotel in Athens.

Kyrgyz Musicians Deliver a Stirring Rendition of Game of Thrones’ Opening Theme

Watching this on loop might just be the perfect between-episodes-fix for compulsive addicts of the cult HBO show.

10 May 2016

In Tajikistan, Shoots of Hope Spring from a Tale of Woe

Dilbar Gurgova was ostracised and driven into poverty after her husband was detained on extremism charges. Compatriots working in Russia were eager to help.

8 May 2016

Georgia Considers National Matchmaking Campaign

An extreme solution to a demographic conundrum?

7 May 2016

Meet Bayangol FC, Your Reference Point for Mongolian Football

The club is helping to develop local football from the ground up while also extending help to players that fell victim to trafficking scams.

Facebook Posts Tell the Tale of a Kazakh Land Reform Furore

As Kazakhstan's economic crisis rumbles on, the authoritarian government's PR blunders go from bad to dangerously worse.

6 May 2016

Local Social Media Site Tries to Displace Facebook in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan's authoritarian government has made several attempts to lure the social media generation back into its virtual orbit.

3 May 2016

Kazakhstan's Defence Ministry Shows How the Country's Women in Arms Have Changed Through the Ages

From sword-wielding nomads through commandos toting automatic rifles, women have played their part in defending the country's borders.

1 May 2016

Tajikistan's Prostitutes Are Punch Bags for the Government

"The aim of these lessons is preventing the spread of prostitution among women and ensuring their moral education."

The Soviet Union's Psychedelic Side: Five Animations to Blow Your Mind

Featuring 'Hedgehog in the Fog', 'Wow! A Talking Fish!' and other mood-altering classics....

28 April 2016

Russia's Vilest Website Grows a Heart

RuNet Echo

One of the vilest, most mean-spirited corners of the Russian Internet is now behind one of the sweetest, most compassionate flashmobs in RuNet history.

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