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Adil Nurmakov · October, 2007

I am a researcher from Almaty, Kazakhstan. I hold Ph.D. in Political Science, run an NGO, several online projects and a personal blog.

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Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from October, 2007

Tajikistan: Cultural Starvation

C opines on the cultural environment in Tajikistan after visiting a concert of the new pop-band and says that cultural life in this country is stewing in it own juice...

Kyrgyzstan: One-Party System Looming?

The Azamat Report reviews recent developments on the eve of parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, saying that the authorities are seemingly trying to establish a one-party system, similar to Kazakhstan with...

Kyrgyzstan: Modern Horse Games

CXW takes a look at the new type of sports entertainment in Kyrgyzstan, a horseball, which is a modern version of the local traditional sport of kok boru.

Kyrgyzstan: Police Stopped a Car with Oppositionists

Bboyd informs about an incident that followed the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry’s roadblock to catch armed criminals, in which police stopped a car with three opposition party officials instead.

Afghanistan: Karzai Wants U.S. to End Airstrikes

Afghanistan Watch quotes reports on the President Karzai’s primetime appearance on CBS last Sunday, where he repeatedly called for a rollback of airstrikes in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Private Military Contractors

Afghanistan Watch quotes an online foreign policy daily World Politics Review, which has published a piece devoted to the private security contractors in Afghanistan. As reported, the media has generally...

Kazakhstan: Olympiad, Central Asian Style

Xxrock reports on the Kazakh government’s barely explainable step to modify the conditions of Asian Olympics-2011, which are to be held in Almaty. Now the officials want it to take...

Turkmenistan: Monetary Reform

Abdulgamid reflects on the announced plans of the Turkmen government to carry out a monetary reform with denomination of the national currency. Increased liquidity will inevitably be marred by increase...

Uzbekistan: Requiem to Slain Journalist

Bboyd's post in memoriam to Alisher Saipov, an Uzbek journalist brutally murdered in Osh (Kyrgyzstan), says that Saipov was a strong critic of Uzbek regime and published an independent newspaper...

Afghanistan: NATO Leases Out?

Afghanistan Watch reports on the NAYO decision to lease cargo helicopters (perhaps, from Russia and Ukraine) because members of the alliance again refused to provide airlift out of their own...

Kyrgyzstan: December Elections

The Roberts Report analyzes the pre-election political environment in Kyrgyzstan, emphasizing that the upcoming vote could be the biggest test yet of which way the country is headed.

Kazakhstan: Four Billion Dollars

Adam Kesher reports on the clarification on the recently announced government's measures to sustain the economy. Surprisingly, the explanation has arrived from the commercial bank's top officer, not from the...

Kazakhstan: Keep Talking

Ben reflects on the continuing conflict between the oil companies consortium on Kashagan super-giant oil-field and the Kazakh government, in which the authorities are seeking more rights and money within...

Turkmenistan: Independence day

Nara opines on the sixteenth anniversary of independence of the Turkmen state, bitterly noting that “Turkmen government is the only institution to enjoy this privilige of independence, being very independent...

Uzbekistan: Another Voice Silenced

Beaudi's Blog reflects on the brutal murder of the 26-year-old Uzbek journalist in the town of Osh in the neighboring Kyrgyzstan. He was remarkably well known and respected around Central...

Kazakhstan: Helping the Children

KZBlog tells about a seemingly international campaign to sew blankets for the Kazakhstani kids, noting that “it's all to cute”, while the Kazakh government launches series of competitions for the...

Afghanistan: Hungarian presence expansion

My State Failure Blog provides an update on the planned expansion of Hungarian troops presence in Afghanistan, saying that the official announcements about it are quite blurred.

Kazakhstan: OSCE Bid Puzzle

Arthur reflects on the recently reported speculations concerning the prospects of Kazakhstan’s bid for the OSCE presidency in 2009.

Turkmenistan: India Looks to the Caspian

Peter reports that Turkmenistan’s gas and oil reserves may soon attract the attention of yet another world players.

Kazakhstan: Falconry on the BBC

KZBlog tells about the BBC report on falcon hunting in Kazakhstan, specifically problems with finding funding to keep the birds. There are tries to use elite hunting trips to subsidize...

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