Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from November, 2012
Journalist's Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan: Bad Joke or Crime?
She was abducted at gunpoint and taken blindfolded to a deserted area. She was then ordered to undress partially as several men threatened to rape and kill her. Afterwards, she was told this was all a joke.
Save Stray Dogs in Kazakhstan
At the dawn of the humanity, dogs protected people from wild animals. Now it is time for us to protect dogs from people who have gone wild.
Bride Kidnappers in Kyrgyzstan to Face Harsher Penalties
Although bride kidnapping is a crime in Kyrgyzstan, many men continue abducting the girls they want to marry. Under pressure from women's groups, the Kyrgyz Parliament has recently introduced harsher penalties for this practice. Now kidnapping a girl and forcing her into marriage is almost as serious a crime as stealing sheep.
Tajikistan: ‘Halloween is not for Patriots’
There are not many people in Tajikistan who know anything about Halloween, let alone mark it. Yet even rare celebrations of the holiday in the country make some people uneasy. Is Halloween an 'alien' tradition endangering Tajik culture? Or is it just an 'innocent prank'?