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Adil Nurmakov · January, 2009

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 January, 2009

Kazakhstan: Livejournal Unblocked. And Blocked Again

On Junuary 28, the Kazakhstani Internet users were suddenly granted access to LiveJournal – the most popular blog platform in the post-Soviet Russian-speaking blogosphere. It was blocked by the national...

Tajikistan: Terrible Tajik-Uzbek relations

Vadim says that Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have chronically had bad relations since early history of the two countries, and the most recent actions of Uzbekistan made these relations even worse.

Kazakhstan: State-run web-sites tested by the public

Mursya reviews the results of an evaluation of web-sites run by Kazakhstani state authorities. The evaluation was performed by MediaNet, the International Journalism Center, supported by Soros Foundation in Kazakhstan.

Tajikistan: Electricity rationing returns

Seemingly a shock to some, Vadim reports upon why electricity rationing in Tajikistan has returned, as well as why it has only just been noticed by the media.

Kazakhstan: Innovations, Kazakh-Style

Arseny writes about the government's innovation strategies in Kazakhstan, and how efficient they actually are.

Afghanistan: Bagram Prison and Obama’s Gitmo Policy Change

Patrick Frost reflects on how President Obama's political stand towards Guantanamo prison would change the administration's position regarding Bagram Air Base prison in Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan: Journalist Arrested for Alleged State Secret Disclosure

Ramazan Yessergepov, chief editor of the “Alma-Ata Info” newspaper, was arrested early January this year by the National Security Committee officers from the provincial branch office of the country's main...

Kazakhstan: Students Expelled from Universities

KZBlog reports on the claims that 7 000 – 20 000 students were expelled for being unable to pay tuition or fees at Kazakhstan universities and colleges.

Kazakhstan: Disability Rights Group Urges Legalization of Prostitution

Ekspeditsiya reports that a disability rights group in Karaganda has called on the government to legalize prostitution and issue sex ration cards giving a minimum of five sessions a month...

Kyrgyzstan: Black Friday for the Officials

Elena writes about mass resignations and reshiffling of the Kyrgyzstan officials.

Mongolia: Tsagaan Sar

Bilguun writes about the national Mongolian holiday called Tsagaan sar (New Year), which is celebrated on different days every year, and this year's Tsagaan sar – as usually – provoked...

Kyrgyzstan: Changes, Reshuffling and Invariability

Almatyreporter writes that Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has dismissed a batch of ministers, governors, mayors, administration officials, and even several ambassadors.

Afghanistan: Human Rights Watch and The Azizabad Massacre

Colla reports that Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to outgoing US Secretary of Defense Robert M Gates to remind of the US night air attack on Azizabad, Afghanistan,...

Tajikistan: Earthquake rumor

Vadim reports that the recent rumor about the possible powerful earthquake in Tajikistan made thousands of people throughout the country to leave their homes and spend the freezing night in...

Kazakhstan: National Issue Revisited

Arseny’s post is about the controversy over the nationality record in the new Kazakhsani biometric passports.

Kyrgyzstan: Not Free Religion

Elena reviews some statements of the new law about religious freedom in Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan: World MBA Tour Comes to Almaty

Adam writes about the World MBA Tour, the world’s best and biggest business school fairs, which will take place in Almaty, the biggest city of Kazakhstan, early March this year.

Afghanistan: Obama Honors Warlord, Snubs Karzai

Joshua Foust reflects on the fact that US President Obama selected four Afghan politicians to participate in his inaugural ceremony, among whom there was no incumbent president of Aghanistan Karzai.

Afghanistan: Election Holdups and Insurgency Holddowns

Patrick Frost analyzes the outcomes of US Assistant Secretary Boucher's visit to Kabul and what it means for the Taliban’s resurgence and governance in Afghanistan, including the issue of possible...

Mongolia: Animals Elimination

Danzan Ravjaa writes that the Ulaanbaatar’s (capital city of Mongolia) Municipal Administration began a campaign to eliminate street dogs and reviews reactions of the society and reigious groups.

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