Society 2018-01-10 Russian attempts to justify Stalin's Great Terror re-open old wounds in Central Asia Alexander Bortnikov, director of the Russian Federal Security Service, said in a recent interview the executions during the 1930s 'had an objective side to them'. 2017-11-30 Calls grow for creation of 'Islamic State' crimes museum A memorial museum would ensure the dark era of the group's rule over parts of the Middle East will not be forgotten and serve as a testimony of its crimes for generations to come. 2017-10-23 'I want to see America,' says Tajik grandmother A Tajik grandmother in her 70s dreams of travelling to the United States. 2017-05-02 Jazz unites diverse cultures in Uzbekistan The sounds of jazz brought together diverse crowds in four cities in a month-long event. 2017-03-02 Kazakhstani NGOs take leading role in countering extremism The government is soliciting public input on its 2017-2020 anti-terrorism programme. 2016-06-06 Uzbekistan popularises use of Uzbek language The government is trying to break away from the Soviet-era preference for fluency in Russian.