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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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Latest posts by Chris Rickleton

20 September 2014

Camping Next to Kyrgyzstan's Most Notorious Gangster at the ‘World Nomad Games’

Criminals, parliamentarians - what is the difference? According to a recent discussion on a popular news platform in Kyrgyzstan, not very much.

12 September 2014

Global Voices’ Alexander Sodiqov Is Safe With His Family in Toronto, Canada

The wait is over. Alexander Sodiqov and family are back in Toronto after the Tajik government assented to a formal request to allow him to continue his academic work there.

27 August 2014

Kyrgyzstan's Soviet-era Poster Child Gets an iPad

Semyon Chuikov's 1948 painting "Daughter of Soviet Kyrgyzia" was once so popular it became a post stamp. Sixty-six years later Chuikov's muse is getting repainted with an iPad and earphones.

24 August 2014

‘Behind the Wheel': A Look at the Women Tajikistan's Russia-Bound Men Leave Behind

"Behind the Wheel" is a short film about migration and an extraordinary woman named Nigora, who overcame betrayal and local gender stereotypes to set up shop fixing car tires.

20 August 2014

Take a Lyrical and Visual Trek Through the Back Streets of Almaty, Kazakhstan

Dennis Keen's beautifully written blogs have exposed English speakers to some inaccessible elements of Central Asian culture. So, why is he now waxing lyrical about Soviet-era manhole covers?

6 August 2014

Try Being a Female Journalist in Kyrgyzstan. Your Male Sources Hit on You. All the Time.

Kyrgyz journalist Asel Kalybekova explains the pressure female professionals - whether journalists, accountants or government secrataries - face to respond to sexual advances by officials and co-workers.

17 July 2014

The World Shouts #FreeAlexSodiqov During Global Vigil

Global Voices' community member Alexander Sodiqov is not a British spy. And #FreeAlexSodiqov is an international movement. This vigil - a month after his arrest - proves it.

12 July 2014

His Country Has Never Made it to the World Cup, But Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov is a FIFA Legend

Uzbek football referee Ravshan Irmatov may not be as well-known internationally as Cristiano Ronaldo, but his record at World Cups is decidedly better.

5 July 2014

“How I Almost Became a Spy”: This Tajik Editor-in-Chief Considers the Absurdity of Alexander Sodiqov's Arrest

If meeting with foreigners and asking questions constitutes spying, then Tajikistan has a lot of spies, muses Umed Babakhanov, Editor-in-Chief of the independent Tajik news agency, Asia Plus.

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