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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

9 December 2014

The Fall of the Georgian Currency in Photoshopped Images: From 50 Cent to ‘Saving Private Lari’

Georgia's national currency, the lari, has been weakened by "internal and external factors" according to the country's central bank, leaving it languishing as the butt of online jokes.

5 December 2014

Central Asian Migrants in Russia Are Humiliating Their ‘Dishonorable’ Countrywomen on Video

Footage of Central Asian sex workers being threatened and humiliated by their male compatriots has become a worrying online trend. The men accuse their victims of dishonouring their homeland.

4 December 2014

Russia Counts the Dead As Militants Strike in Grozny

RuNet Echo

At least 5 officers have been killed, an exploded police car lies smoldering in city's downtown, and Grozny's "Press House" Building is in flames and under siege.

26 November 2014

Mother Who Claims to Have Killed 10 Taliban Militants Becomes National Hero in Afghanistan

A woman in Farah province, Afghanistan, has shot to fame after she avenged the death of her son and fired on Taliban militants from the checkpoint where he was killed.

25 November 2014

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

24 November 2014

Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive

Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.

21 November 2014

Thousands of Miles Away From Ebola, Kazakh Scientists Promise a Vaccine

Central Asia has no recorded cases of Ebola yet, but while citizens of one country in the region are avoiding bananas, scientists in another are striving for a vaccine.

17 November 2014

Kyrgyzstan's First President Dreams of Returning to His Homeland. He Should Keep Dreaming.

Kyrgyzstan's 70-year-old former president Askar Akaev, overthrown in 2005, is among the most gifted academics in his country's history. He was also unquestionably corrupt. Should he be allowed home?

14 November 2014

Not Even Tajikistan's All-Powerful President Can Stop Forced Military Recruitment

In Tajikistan, President Emomali Rahmon's writ is law. But his decree to stop the practice of oblava - forced military recruitment - seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

11 November 2014

Georgian LGBT Organisation Requests ‘Hate Crime’ Label for Brutal Murder

The death of a transgender citizen has brought discussions about LGBT rights back to the fore in Georgia, a conservative country where persons of non-traditional sexual orientations suffer stigma.

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