Central Asia
The Volga's Children - Finland

The Volga’s Children – Finland

About 150 years ago, a Tatar man arrived in Järvenpää, a Finnish city 37 kilometers north of the capital of Helsinki. Upon arrival, our hero noticed the land surrounding the town was cheap. The geography was mostly forest and fields, and perhaps it reminded the man of his home back near the Volga river. He...
The Volga's Children - Turkey

The Volga’s Children – Turkey

Mornings in Osmaniye, a tiny village in northwestern Turkey, are so calm that even a light whisper could disturb the silence. Turkeys (hindi, as in “Indian” in Turkish) are running on the dirt roads frightened of the newcomers. A few children ride their bikes up and down the main street, for there is little else...
A Sloppy Vendetta

A Sloppy Vendetta

The Russian judiciary capped its summer – made sunnier by the harsh stare of the international media spotlight – by issuing a verdict that harkened back to the Middle Ages. Three members of now-infamous Pussy Riot have been handed two-year sentences for performing an Anti-Putin “punk-prayer” at the Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and...
The Pamir Has a History

The Pamir Has a History

A printable version (.pdf) of this article may be found here. Editor’s note: Mr. Steiner’s article and photographs made me think of Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward. The book describes a hospital that was as much a research lab as a palliative hospice in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR. Solzhenitsyn’s view of the Soviet system is clear and is...