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Mahina Shodizoda

I am a journalist, volleyball player, and blogger.

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Another Tajik Blogger Speaks Out For Alexander Sodiqov

Fifty days and counting since Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov was arrested by authorities in Khorog, Tajikistan. Sodiqov has been released but not acquitted. Here, another Tajik blogger defends his name.

Informal Wedding “a Small Victory” for Gays in Tajikistan

Tajikistan may just have had its first informal gay wedding. Many Tajiks are unhappy with what they see as "western propaganda".

Kazakh Artist Remembers Zhanaozen Oil Riot

Photo blogger Serikzhan Kovlanbaev presents [ru] a photo report from a recent exhibition of works by Saule Suleimenova, perhaps the best known contemporary artist in the country. Suleimenova has been described...

Speaking Through Graffiti in Kazakhstan

Over the last ten years, a street art group based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has been using graffiti to express ideas and statements. The group, Repas Workshop, presents [ru] the most recent...

“Hands Off Russian-Language Press” in Tajikistan

Is Russian-language print media in Tajikistan a "threat" or is it "under threat"?

Winter in Tajik Capital, the “Worst City in Asia”

An expat blogger writes about how she spent winter in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.  I spent most of the coldest times huddled next to the space heater (pechka), cup...

Expensive Plants for a Poor Country: Tajikistan Spends Millions on Belgian Trees

Tajikistan where more than a third of the population is poor has spent 4,5 million US dollars on chestnut trees for the capital city.

Ukraine's Capital After Yanukovich, Through a Kyrgyz Blogger's Eyes

A Kyrgyz blogger writes about his three-day trip to Kyiv observing everyday life in the city after the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich.

Kazakhstan's Charyn Canyon

Sergei Terekti presents [ru] a photo essay about his recent trip to Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan's own smaller version of the Grand Canyon in the United States: The main canyon is about...

Women Out For The Evening Risk Arrest in Turkmenistan

The Vienna-based opposition blog Chronicles of Turkmenistan reports that police in northern Turkmen town of Dashoguz raid cafes and restaurants in search of women out for the evening. According to the...

Tajikistan's Tastiest Blogs

There are three blogs in Tajikistan that are a must read for anyone interested in Tajik cuisine. Tajik Restaurant [Tarabkhonai Tojiki] [tj] shares cook-it-yourself videos and recipes of popular Tajik...

Kyrgyz MPs Explain Themselves Over a Prayer Room in Parliament

The recent opening of an Islamic prayer room in the Kyrgyz parliament has triggered a heated online debate about the boundaries between the state and religion in the Central Asian...

Despite Bans, Central Asians Observe Valentine's Day

Looking at how people in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan observed Valentine's Day.

“Celebrating Valentine's Day Is a Direct Way to Hell” in Tajikistan

Popular among younger people in cities, Valentine's Day struggles to gain broader acceptance in Tajikistan.

An “Increasingly Uncertain” Future for Central Asia's Fergana Valley

On the Caravanistan blog, Cycloscope writes about radioactive landfill sites in the Fergana Valley, a region “absurdly divided between Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan”: Unaware of the dangers of radioactivity, the...

“Dreamlike Kyrgyzstan” As Seen by a Photographer

Kloop.kg presents [ru] a collection of photos from “dreamlike Kyrgyzstan” by Russian photographer Danil Korzhonov.

‘Good Girls’ Don't Use Social Media Sites in Tajikistan

Sexist bullying and harassment of girls and women is widespread on social media sites in Tajikistan, according to Radio Ozodi [tj] (Tajik service of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty). The...

Kazakhstan's Largest City Hides Its “Beautiful” Side from Cameras

Top rated Russian photo-blogger Ilya Varlamov presents [ru] a photo report about his recent trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan's capital before 1997. What the blogger found most surprising about the city is that...

Best Dresses of Kazakhstan Selected

On January 23, 2014, an international jury named the winners of the ‘Best Dress of Kazakhstan’ contest, a competition for young fashion designers in the country. Ten designers competed in...

“There Are No Other Problems” in Tajikistan Besides Name Games

More than a week after Tajikistan's Prosecutor General made a controversial statement about “unpatriotic” surnames, Internet users in the country continue debating whether the ending of one's surname is a...

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