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An ice-skating babushka living solo on Russia’s Lake Baikal, a kindergarten-teacher-turned-rapper in Ukraine, a model-blogger with cerebral palsy defying discrimination in Kazakhstan. They may not make international headlines, but these real-life, first-person stories offer insight into everyday life in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and beyond that no news analysis can provide. Put a face on the trends, policies, and events with profiles (in mostly chronological order) from My Story.

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