At the height of the recent border standoff between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a crew of journalists from Bishkek-based news website Kloop.kg made the arduous trek to the remote location to find out more.
A quarter century ago, on August 19, 1991, a botched coup attempt began in Moscow, sparking a chain of events that led to the Soviet Union’s collapse. These days, Tajikistan is preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its independence with an unprecedented mass parade and a slew of amnesties. But the planned festivities aren’t a source of happy anticipation for many Tajiks.
The director of Dushanbe’s Mayakovsky Theater speaks and weeps as though a close relative has died.
During the past few weeks, demolition workers have been gradually dismantling her troupe’s Soviet-built home — a low-key, utilitarian and yet much-loved constructivist building along the main city thoroughfare.