In 2005, revolutionaries in southern Kyrgyzstan - many of them villagers - moved swiftly and successfully to prevent a power vacuum.
Critical media voices come under sustained pressure in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus.
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TOL podcast: Freedom House’s Christopher Walker on Kazakhstan’s OSCE missteps and their meaning.
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The Moldovan Diaries is a multimedia, interactive examination of the country's ethnic, religious, social and political identities by Paolo Paterlini and Cesare De Giglio.
This innovative approach to story telling gives voice to ordinary people and takes the reader on the virtual trip across Moldovan rural and urban landscapes.
It is a unique and intimate map of the nation.