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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.
The Oralbai family had a happy and productive life in China before a state purge targeting ethnic minorities tore them apart.
Turkish universities are being gutted of critical thinkers while academics serve time for showing solidarity with their fellow citizens.
A police state that once hungered after a shiny international image now seems resigned to painting itself as it really is.
"There is no due process, there is no trial. Nobody knows when they are getting out."
Kazakhstan's government is nervous about what Seikjan Bilash does, as well as what he might do if allowed to grow more popular.
The schools are among the best in Kyrgyzstan but have powerful enemies, including Turkey, and a reputation for secrecy.
Nurbolat Shalayit is one of hundreds of thousands of Xinjiang minorities whose current whereabouts are uncertain.
UN experts say over a million people may be interned in Chinese "re-education" camps. But how many have died inside the facilities?
Aisultan Nazarbayev has a history of surprising compatriots with sensational social media posts.
"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.
Zere's debut hit 'Kyz' comes after years of debate over how women in the Central Asian country should dress and behave.
A bold and popular journalist is appealing a 12 year-sentence he received after speaking out against official corruption.
We last spoke with Umida Akhmedova before Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov died in 2016. Is life any easier for artists now he is gone?
"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."
"Do not make yourself out to be married and decent! You've made a porridge that is not tasty and full of lumps!"
In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.
The club is helping to develop local football from the ground up while also extending help to players that fell victim to trafficking scams.