Launch of the 5th issue of Nasreddin in Russia


From 18 December 2019




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Launch of the 5th issue of Nasreddin in RussiaLaunch of the 5th issue of Nasreddin in Russia


Authors of the fifth issue of the newspaper—artists and writers from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan—will speak about combining creative work with low paid unskilled jobs in Moscow during an yr-kese—a traditional Kyrgyz tea ceremony with songs.

Nasreddin in Russia is a multi-language publication for people who have come to Russia looking for work. It is based on weekly meetings and contests for the best joke in the spirit of Nasreddin Hodja, a character who appears in numerous anecdotes in Islamic cultures. The first issue of Nasreddin in Russia was published in 2014.

The 5th issue was produced with the support of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the exhibition project Bureau des transmissions, which was shown at the Museum from March 7 to May 15, 2019. In spring 2019, Garage hosted a tea ceremony devoted to the planned publication of the issue.


Olga Jitlina is a graphic and performance artist, author of theater productions, founder and editor of Utopian News Agency and of the newspaper Nasreddin in Russia.

Anna Tereshkina is a graphic artist, illustrator, author of audio and video works, curator. She is the illustrator of the newspaper Nasreddin in Russia (together with Olga Jitlina).

Chingiz Aydarov is an artist and truck loader.

Zarnigor Omonillaeva is a lawyer, human rights and community activist, and housewife.

Ilhamzhan Abdukakharov is a journalist, writer, and laundry worker.

Raphoat Akhmedova and Yulduz Ubaydullaeva are singers performing Uzbek folk songs.

Omursher Kubanychbek uulu is a performer at Muras Kyrgyz Folk Theatre in Moscow.

Abdumamad Bekmamadov is a musician and construction worker, vocalist at Ekho Pamira


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