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To mark Mother Tongue Day (national celebration of Georgian language) school students in Akhalkalaki helped create this mural which graces the side of the city’s Cultural Center. Nearby, a statue of Mesrop Mashtots – originator of the Armenian Alphabet guards the city’s central square. (Photo: Joseph Alexander Smith)
10 Jun 19
Russian remains a key means of communication despite official efforts to promote state language.
In honour of Nowruz, the main street of the city is closed to pedestrians. (Photo: IWPR Georgia)
Photo Essay
5 Apr 19
Amid the festivities, issues of integration and representation remain.
Anarbek Usupbaev, Kyrgyz activist and representative of the ancient tradition of Tengrism. (Photo courtesy of A. Usupbaev)
20 Nov 18
Opinion remains divided on the status of this time-honoured, non-dogmatic faith.
Christian centre of Jehovah's Witnesses in Almaty, Kazakstan. (Photo: informburo.kz)
24 Sep 18
New law aims to increase state oversight on some religious minorities.
Christian cemetery of Jugha (13th-16th centuries), Azerbaijan. Photo taken in the 1970s © Argam Aivazian.
27 Apr 06
IWPR reporter confirms that there is nothing left of the celebrated stone crosses of Jugha.