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Adil Nurmakov · July, 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 July, 2009

Kazakhstan: Astana, as it is

The bloggers share with us their impressions from the new capital of the country. Drudg writes in his post, filled with figural turns of speech and euphemisms [ru]: “The streets...

Afghanistan: List of Afghan Presidential candidates

Nick Fielding continues to keep an eye on presidential campaign in Afghanistan, and sought a list of 41 candidates from the electoral commission, which he now publishes.

Afghanistan: Dostum denies massacre

Nick Fielding reports that General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is believed to be a war criminal, but is about to getting rehabilitation in Afghanistan, gave a recorded statement to Radio...

Kazakhstan: Astana dominates Tour de France

Dina writes that Kazakh cycling team Astana is back on stage after a series of financial problems and it is showing a solid performance in the French Grand Tour.

Kyrgyz Airlines Still Banned in Europe

Elena informs that the European Commission published the new List of airlines banned within the EU, featuring 17 – i.e. all – Kyrgyz airlines.

Tajikistan: Rasht fighting

Gavin reports that a shootout has taken place in the Rasht Valley of Tajikistan, when national guardsmen were attacked by unknown armed grouping, presumably by the drug trafficking gang or...

Kazakhstan: New Internet Law Passed

Katya Fisher Yoffe reports that Kazakhstan president signed a new law placing blogs, social media networks, and chatrooms under the rubric of “mass media”, effectively creating criminal liability for users...

Kazkahstan: Public administration discussed by bloggers

The bloggers are trying to understand what is happening in the country and how adequate is the public administration in Kazakhstan. Megakhuimyak thinks over the future of the local political...

Afghanistan: Deals on the eve of elections

Nick Fielding comments on the development around presidential election campaign in Afghanistan talking about the deals that President Karzai is cutting to try to keep his position.

Uzbekistan: Failed state or private enterprise?

Pravdin reviews the Uzbekistan's performance on the “The Failed States Index 2009”, released recently by the Fund for Peace.

Tajikistan: Protests in Iran are a lesson for Tajiks

Botur says that Tajiks were carefully following events in Iran, a country with strong linguistic and cultural ties with Tajikistan, and reflects on how these developments may influence Tajik society.

Kazakhstan: A Kazakh from China wins hearts of London

Adam writes about Mamer, a musician and ethnic Kazakh from Xinjiang, who has already become a celebrity in China and Europe, but remains totally unknown in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Kaznet under fire

Publicist wonders how would Kazakhstani Internet market develop after the restrictive legislative amendments are adopted, and reviews the research into possible economic consequences of the amendments.

Kazakhstan: Rock wave from Kazakhstan hits Russia

Juldyz writes about the Kazakhstani rock band that has managed to get through selection process and perform on the prestigious international rock-fest.

Kyrgyzstan: Games around Manas Air Base

Katya Fisher Yoffe reflects on the Kyrgyzstan’s decision to permit US troops to use Manas Air Base in an apparent game to balance interests of Washington and Moscow.

Uzbekistan: Biometric Passports

Musafirbek reports that Uzbekistan President Karimov signed the decree on introduction of biometric data passports in the country as of January 1, 2010.

Kyrgyzstan: Free Market Research Center Officially Launched

Mirsulzhan informs that the Central Asian Free Market Institute opened the doors in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. It is aimed at becoming the leading think-tank for the whole region, providing...

Kyrgyzstan: UNESCO shields environment

Elena reports that Sulamain-Too, the Sacred Mountain, has become the Kyrgyzstan’s first site to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Kazakhstan: Manshuk Mametova Lake

Jackara presents a photopost about the magnificent glacier lake high in the mountains near Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Nazarbaev and the Internet Law

Michael Hancock opines on the perspectives of the controversial law on online censorship in Kazakhstan.

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