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Chris Rickleton

Chris is editor for Global Voices Central Asia. Feel free to contact him with story ideas.

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Notes from Kazakhstan: Pigeons, disinfectant and COVID-19

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.

Kazakh family of writers and musicians caught in the Xinjiang vortex

The Oralbai family had a happy and productive life in China before a state purge targeting ethnic minorities tore them apart.

Turkey’s ‘Academics for Peace’ defend their beliefs from prison cells and exile

Turkish universities are being gutted of critical thinkers while academics serve time for showing solidarity with their fellow citizens.

‘You can't run from the truth': Iconic art protests preface Kazakh presidential vote

A police state that once hungered after a shiny international image now seems resigned to painting itself as it really is.

Uyghur man bids to save ‘most extraordinary mom in the world’ from Chinese camp

"There is no due process, there is no trial. Nobody knows when they are getting out."

#FreeSerikjan and the long shadow of Xinjiang's camps in neighbouring Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's government is nervous about what Seikjan Bilash does, as well as what he might do if allowed to grow more popular.

#MeTooSebat: Kyrgyz take to social media to debate controversial ‘Gulen schools’

The schools are among the best in Kyrgyzstan but have powerful enemies, including Turkey, and a reputation for secrecy.

‘Man returns to his native Xinjiang and disappears’ — a story too common for the headlines

Nurbolat Shalayit is one of hundreds of thousands of Xinjiang minorities whose current whereabouts are uncertain.

‘I won't stop': Kazakh man seeks justice for family caught in China's Xinjiang crackdown

UN experts say over a million people may be interned in Chinese "re-education" camps. But how many have died inside the facilities?

Kazakh leader's grandson complains he is passportless after stint in ‘private Russian jail’

Aisultan Nazarbayev has a history of surprising compatriots with sensational social media posts.

‘Even by leaving us she gave us a lesson': Fearless rights defender's death shocks Tajikistan

"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."

Arrested for fact-checking: Kazakh court fines Ukrainian journalist after police break up media workshop

The incident highlights authorities' aversion to discussions of Ukraine in Kazakhstan and a long-running battle with a local newspaper.

Kyrgyz artist calls on girls to ‘create our own freedom’ in breakout song, *drops mic*

Zere's debut hit 'Kyz' comes after years of debate over how women in the Central Asian country should dress and behave.

#FreeKhayrullo: Human rights groups demand justice for Tajik journalist facing trial

A bold and popular journalist is appealing a 12 year-sentence he received after speaking out against official corruption.

Censorship in Uzbekistan: The more things change, the more they stay the same?

We last spoke with Umida Akhmedova before Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov died in 2016. Is life any easier for artists now he is gone?

Detention of Businessman in Kazakhstan Prompts Fears Over Torture, Political Motivations

"He was sick, looked pale and very depressed and seemed to be scared. He passed out from time to time, couldn't speak and cried."

Instagram in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: A Path to Celebrity and Scandal

"Do not make yourself out to be married and decent! You've made a porridge that is not tasty and full of lumps!"

Kyrgyz People of Central Asia Shocked to Be the Bad Guys in New Japanese ‘Tokusatsu’ Movie

In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.

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.

Officers Murdered in Tajikistan as Forced Recruitment Hits Headlines Again

"This is the echo of the system that has been working for more than 20 years during recruitment periods in Tajikistan."

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