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Sukhrab Bazarbaev, 42, is a self-employed butcher with two shops in Tokmok, a city of 50,000 people in northern Kyrgyzstan. One of the country’s small Uighur minority, he sells only halal beef,...
At the foot of the Caucasus Mountains in Quba, a district in north-east Azerbaijan, Anar runs a small company that collects rocks and gravel for use in concrete.
In the city of Grodno in northwest Belarus, Maya Cherkova owns a match-making agency that has arranged more than 400 marriages between women from her country and men from western Europe....
Saradedbek and his family run a local restaurant in Istaravshan, a city overlooked by hills in northern Tajikistan, serving traditional regional cuisine to customers including everyone from...
Kerem Alar, a 25-year-old clarinetist, is a member of the country’s Roma minority. He plays solo at weddings and other events, such as henna nights, where brides prepare for their weddings by...
At their workshop in Fryazino, a small town just outside Moscow that once lived off its military industry, Boris Bazhenov and Alexander Bobin are creating a small collection of industrial...
Visit a Moscow market, or courtyard, or construction site, and it’s easy to forget you are in Russia’s largest city, not Tajikistan or Uzbekistan. Central Asian languages resound all over the...
The year-long unrest and conflict in Ukraine that first escalated and then subsided had repercussions from Turkey in the west to Kyrgyzstan in the east, with governments attempting to...
Azerbaijan currently holds a dubious distinction of holding almost double the number of political prisoners than those held in Belarus and...
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