A Tokal is an additional wife in a polygamous Kazakh marriage. Only a decade ago, to have a tokal in Kazakhstan was considered shameful. Nowadays though, polygamy is gaining popularity throughout the country, becoming a more common-place and accepted practice.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest revolts in the history of the Russian Empire. It took place in Semirechye, ‘the valley of 7 rivers’, in the south of the Empire’s territory in Central Asia. What started as a protest against Tsar Nikolas II’s policies escalated into a fight between the Kyrgyz population and the Russian and Cossack settlers.
They call it Sleepy Hollow. A small village in Kazakhstan which has succumbed to a mysterious ailment – its dwellers keep falling asleep for no apparent reason. Anyone can be affected without warning. Some blame ghosts, others – closed uranium mines located nearby. RT Doc investigates.