Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone

There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty corner of Kyrgyzstan’s Osh province, was awash in booze.

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Shamil Iminov, a shopkeeper in Aravan, says the rise in religious piety has led to a sharp decline in the sale of alcohol.

There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty corner of Kyrgyzstan’s Osh province, was awash in booze.

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Alisher Khamidov is a writer based in Bishkek. Danil Usmanov is a photographer based in Bishkek.

Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone

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