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Adil Nurmakov · August, 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 August, 2009

Kazakhstan: On the Efficacy of Government

How professional is the government? Is it rigorous enough in performing its functions? How often does it interfere in matters beyond its competence? These are among the most popular questions...

Kazakhstan: Journalist sentenced to jail

Sorge reports that Ramazan Yessergepov, chief editor of the independent newspaper, has been sentenced to three years in jail on charges of divulging state secrets.

Kazakhstan: Diplomat Accused of Being a Spy

As Adam reports, the British media alleged that a high-profile Kazakh diplomat may be expelled from Britain after it was revealed that top secret intelligence files suggest he is a...

Kazakhstan: The resurrection of Vino

Dina reports that Kazakh sports fans celebrated the end of two-year suspension of famous cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov.

Uzbekistan: Women banned from mosques

Noah Tucker informs that after pressuring women for several months to stop attending mosque on Fridays, Bukhara authorities have officially prohibited them to go to mosques.

Turkmenistan: Students prevented from study abroad

Orazdurdy reports that Turkmen students studying at the American University in Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) were rejected at airport en route to USA through U.S. State Dept. undergraduate program.

Afghanistan: Elections with better security, worse violations

Joshua Foust reviews the reports about presidential elections in Afghanistan, noting that security was much better than expected, though there are widespread indications of fraud.

Kazakhstan: Astana Cycling Team Survives Difficulties

KZBlog reports that after a period of financial difficulties, Team Astana released a statement that Alberto Contador, the two-time Tour de France winner, will stay in the team for one...

Afghanistan: Reportages on Children

Onne Parl offers a series of posts about children living in the provinces of Afghanistan, featuring a post about the place of religion in high school education, about regular school...

Afghanistan: Televised Presidential Debates

Safrang reviews the Afghanistan's presidential TV debates, organized by the the national TV (RTA) and radio RFE/RL. For the first time in history, the incumbent president together with two contenders...

Afghanistan: Independence Day & Elections Eve

Safrang writes about celebration of Afghanistan's national holiday (that marks the occasion of its 90th independence anniversary from Great Britain after the 3rd Anglo-Afghan war) the day before the presidential...

Turkmenistan: Ministry of Education clamps down on students

Orazdurdy reports that dozens of students at Ashgabat (capital of Turkmenistan) airport were not allowed on board a plane heading to Almaty. This is the latest incident in a broader...

Uzbekistan: Worst Daughter in the World?

Timur comments on the Foreign Policy journal's rating of the worst presidential kids, in which the daughter of the Uzbekistan president was mentioned.

Kyrgyzstan: Crackdown on Uighur Protests

Joshua Foust tells that the Kyrgyzstan’s police detained two Uighur community leaders after they accused China of “state terrorism” at a rally.

Kazakhstan: A bit on KazAtomProm

Michael Hancock reflects on the scandalous case of the Kazkahstan's national nuclear company, whose top management was accused of wrongdoing and theft.

Afghanistan: Khost Comes Under Attack Again

Joshua Foust writes about new terrorist attacks of suicide bombers in Afghanistan, a week before the country's presidential vote.

Uzbekistan: Religion-related murder in Tashkent

Noah Tucker reports on a highly controversial killing in Uzbekistan, in which an Interior Ministry's agent was shot to death in his own apartment.

Afghanistan: A report someone didn't want you to read

Nick Fielding opines that the Britain's Parliamentary report on Afghanistan is strongly critical of the present government's policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Tajikistan: Language is the key to national self-determination

Botur Kosimi comments on a recent bill in the Tajikistan parliament that concerns the status and role of the Tajik language in the nation.

Kazakhstan: Aktau Trip Travelogue

KZBlog presents a travelogue post (with pictures) about his trip to Aktau, a port and resort town on the Caspian Sea, west of Kazakhstan.

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