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Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus

18 July 2015

Tajikistan's State News Agency Strengthens its Monopoly Over ‘News’

"An important step to reach complete authoritarianism!"

14 July 2015

The Qurghonteppa Escape, Aka the Shawshank Redemption with a Tajik Twist

After an inmate escapes in a car driven by a penitentiary chief from the Tajik president's hometown, netizens salute the policeman that refused to play ball.

11 July 2015

The Tajik “False Prophet” Sent to Jail for 16 years

'It is hard to understand what is behind this verdict. Sheikh was a Sufi, had no interest in politics, lived somewhere in the mountains, did not bother anyone...'

25 June 2015

Kazakhstan Fears Mosquitoes Will Mar EXPO-2017

"The overwhelming tendency of our people is towards all that is ostentatious - most important is not to lose face in front of guests."

24 June 2015

Armenian Voices Sound Off at ‘Electric Yerevan’

"It is completely wrong to call the movement as the Armenian Maidan ... People are against ineffective, detrimental management of the electricity company."

19 June 2015

‘The Outsiders': Hungarian Photographer Tamas Paczai Captures Football Fever at Kyrgyzstan vs Australia World Cup Qualifier

Some fans perched on light towers, others scaled fences. An estimated 10,000 more fans crowded outside the gates. Then there was the mob on the rooftop of an adjacent building.

17 June 2015

‘The Worst Crowd Control I Have Ever Seen': Football Match Versus Australia Highlights Kyrgyzstan's Public Order Problems

"Here we observe the elemental lawlessness, disorganisation and all-out anarchy in this country."

15 June 2015

Georgian Society Growing Weary of the West

Ex-Soviet Georgia threw its lot in with the West some time ago. But what has it received in return?

29 May 2015

How Kyrgyzstan's Favourite Fermented Drink Became a National Symbol

'I started to save money for a car, but couldn't resist the temptation to buy Shoro.'

28 May 2015

The Boomerang Effect: Why Would Tajikistan's Special Forces Chief Join ISIS?

"This is the most well-made film of a Tajik IS fighter. Unsurprisingly, they have quickly used [him] for recruitment purposes."

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