Profile of a trailblazer who changed the face of women’s gymnastics

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In August of 2016, at the Arena Olímpica do Rio, in Brazil, Oksana Chusovitina, a gymnast from Uzbekistan, was getting ready to perform her first vault in the Olympic finals. She set out to do the Produnova vault, with…


If each person has their private language, then love is about learning each other’s languages

The Love Letter by Tomioka Eisen

Last summer, my partner and I went on an 80-mile bicycle trip around the southern shore of mountain lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. Gasping for air after cresting a murderously steep hill — the third one in a row — I asked him why on earth did he call the route…


The history and hazards of smiling as a woman.

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Some people smile up to 50 times a day, and I might be one of them. I was born in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, and my favorite childhood song was about how “a smile can make a gloomy day brighter,” fostering friendship and warmth all over the world.

Growing up, I genuinely…


Three years in the life of a Dota 2 player in Kyrgyzstan: Bakyt Emilzhanov’s (Zayac) journey from a schoolboy living in computer clubs to a well-paid professional

Danil Usmanov / Kloop Media

Autumn 2015

When everyone came to the yearly potato harvesting at grandparents’ farm, the family learned that 16-year-old Bakyt dropped out of school. His father made it clear that he is not going to hide it from the family and lie to everyone that Bakyt goes to school. Questions came…


Audience growth recipe from a Latvia-based startup that innovates Russian media using games and humor

Riga-based online newspaper Meduza has launched in October of 2014. In two years, this small startup managed to become one of top 10 most visited Russian news websites, attracting more than 5 million monthly unique…


How money and drama intertwine in Kyrgyzstan’s nomad horse racing

Hundreds of horses live in stables right next to the Bishkek hippodrome of Ak-Kula © Danil Usmanov

Two hundred men fiercely whistle and howl each time riders gallop past, lifting a cloud of dust into the blazing hot air. On May 8th, 2015, the mayor hosted Victory Day horseraces at the site of a former cemetery in Kara-Balta, a small city 60 kilometers west of Bishkek, the…


The story of Olga Vidisheva, CEO of Shoptiques and a member of Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists who came to the US from Kyrgyzstan as a teenager and fulfilled the American Dream

Olga Vidisheva is CEO of Shoptiques, a fashion startup that partners with more than 5,000 boutiques across the…


Сегодня чертовски интересные времена для журналистики: эра перехода в онлайн. Прекрасней всего то, что никто толком не понимает, что происходит. Даже гиганты вроде New York Times далеко не сразу поняли, что создать сайт и копировать заголовки в соцсети. Интернет лишил медиа права на монолог и монополии на информацию. Он требует…


Basho’s famous frog haiku consists only of seven words. However, it has several hundred translations and interpretations. This multitude of possible meanings created by omitted words is a very specific feature of the genre. …


Повседневная жизнь в Бишкеке из сотки звуков, которые настолько привычны, что мы их не замечаем: начиная от шума траффика и гомона детей до скрипа дверей троллейбуса и зова голосистого молочника.

За сутки мы собрали более сотни аудиозаписей городских шумов и попросили звукорежиссёра Айбека Асылбекова смиксовать их в один трек. Вот что получилось:

Sevindj Nurkiyazova

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