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Voice | ‘My part in exposing this system’

Sasha Kalmakhelidze, 24, was arrested for possession of MDMA. He tells the nightmarish story of his arrest and detention.

Voice | ‘My part in exposing this system’

Sasha Kalmakhelidze, 24, was arrested for possession of MDMA. He tells the nightmarish story of his arrest and detention.

19/12/2019

Voice | ‘Help comes from those who themselves need help’

Eighty-six year-old Syrian refugee Shaziya Nukh has found nothing but poverty and isolation in Kabardino-Balkaria, the land of her ancestors.

Voice | ‘Help comes from those who themselves need help’

Eighty-six year-old Syrian refugee Shaziya Nukh has found nothing but poverty and isolation in Kabardino-Balkaria, the land of her ancestors.

25/09/2019

Voice | ‘Life is tough for a young widow’

A woman from Duisi, Pankisi Valley, speaks of being married too young, losing a husband and the hardships of being a widow in a conservative society.

Voice | ‘Life is tough for a young widow’

A woman from Duisi, Pankisi Valley, speaks of being married too young, losing a husband and the hardships of being a widow in a conservative society.

28/08/2019

Voice from the Georgian–South Ossetian conflict | ‘There is nothing worse than war’

‘When they started setting houses on fire, and burned down my cousins’ houses, we were forced to run away. We were afraid that they would burn us all. So we ran.’

Voice from the Georgian–South Ossetian conflict | ‘There is nothing worse than war’

‘When they started setting houses on fire, and burned down my cousins’ houses, we were forced to run away. We were afraid that they would burn us all. So we ran.’

19/08/2019

Voice | ‘What I hate the most is the injustice of it’

Supermarket cashier Mako Gomuri, 20, is one of several people to lose an eye on 20 June during anti-Russia protests in Tbilisi.

Voice | ‘What I hate the most is the injustice of it’

Supermarket cashier Mako Gomuri, 20, is one of several people to lose an eye on 20 June during anti-Russia protests in Tbilisi.

6/08/2019

Voice | ‘My destiny depends not on the political regime but the way of thinking’

A gay Azerbaijani’s story of isolation, violence and rape in the military, and continuing death threats from his family despite fleeing to Europe.

Voice | ‘My destiny depends not on the political regime but the way of thinking’

A gay Azerbaijani’s story of isolation, violence and rape in the military, and continuing death threats from his family despite fleeing to Europe.

24/07/2019

Voice | ‘I have finally accepted myself’ — an Ingush woman’s coming-of-age tale

For one Ingush woman, growing up in Ingushetia meant struggling with ‘restrictive’ traditions.

Voice | ‘I have finally accepted myself’ — an Ingush woman’s coming-of-age tale

For one Ingush woman, growing up in Ingushetia meant struggling with ‘restrictive’ traditions.

12/07/2019

Vitali Safarov’s mother: I must know why they killed my son

The mother is appealing the court’s verdict which said the murder wasn’t a hate crime.

Vitali Safarov’s mother: I must know why they killed my son

The mother is appealing the court’s verdict which said the murder wasn’t a hate crime.

6/06/2019

Voice | ‘I have a child, a house, and a business, why on earth would I wash your socks?’

Keti Tomeishvili, 48, from Vani, spent 14 years working abroad to support her family, before coming home and starting a successful business.

Voice | ‘I have a child, a house, and a business, why on earth would I wash your socks?’

Keti Tomeishvili, 48, from Vani, spent 14 years working abroad to support her family, before coming home and starting a successful business.

17/05/2019

Voice | ‘Our families are as holy as yours’ — stories of acceptance

Despite widespread homophobic attitudes throughout the Caucasus, there are some queer people who find acceptance for who they are.

Voice | ‘Our families are as holy as yours’ — stories of acceptance

Despite widespread homophobic attitudes throughout the Caucasus, there are some queer people who find acceptance for who they are.

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