After billion-dollar investments the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), has rapidly turned into a modern developing city. For 21 years of existence, it has changed beyond recognition. In chase of improvement of the capital, it’s outskirts remain neglected.
According to the report of the international organization “Open Doors“, there are 61.7 thousand Christians in Tajikistan, who account to 0.7% of the total population of the country. Most of them, 72.1%, are Orthodox. While this number includes all of those who consider themselves to belong to this confession, there are only about 500 permanent church parishioners. (more…)
The ancient part of Tbilisi may not contain high-rise buildings, so it contains mainly two-three-storey buildings. Carved balconies and terraces with oriental motifs interweave with European architecture, while narrow streets seem to remain unchanged since the Middle Ages. The key touristic places look beautiful and well-cared-for, but the ancient town has many collapsing and ramshackle buildings and structures. Both high-rise buildings and unusual futuristic projects made of glass and steel can be seen outside the historical part of the city.
Traditionally, the market is open only on Thursdays – due to its convenient geographical location, residents from both Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan come here to trade and shop.
IWPR has launched its comprehensive training course to develop analytic journalism among a new generation of journalists in Central Asia. (more…)