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Adil Nurmakov · October, 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 October, 2009

Uzbekistan: Oppositionist returns from exile

Musafirbek writes that leader of the Birdamlik movement in exile, Bakhodir Choriyev, is returning to Uzbekistan.

Kyrgyzstan: Administrative reform

Aravanski reports that the Kyrgyzstan President announced extensive reforms in public administration system, including a massive reduction of the number of officials.

Kazakhstan: Atomic Lake

Michael Forster Rothbart offers a photo-essay about the Semipalatinsk Polygon in Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union was testing its nuclear bombs.

Turkmenistan: Trafficking in human beings

Annasoltan writes about the problem of human trafficking in Turkmenistan against the background of persistent economic hardship, porous borders and the regime's attempts to demur and defer the issue.

Afghanistan: Who will benefit from re-vote?

Nick Fielding assumes that no-one except the insurgents would benefit from the re-run of presidential elections, because the whole election process is now mired by corruption allegations.

Turkmenistan: Government Puts Obstacles to Peace Corp

Vlad reports that Turkmenistan has taken to barring entry to Peace Corps volunteers, for reasons that remain utterly baffling.

Mongolia: Luxury Brand Explosion

Bilguun reports that after this year's coming of Louis Vuitton to Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, next year is scheduled for opening of even more luxury brand stores, although...

Kazakhstan: Boxing Scandal To Be Decided in Rematch

KZBlog reports that a boxer from Kazakhstan, widely viewed as a future world champion, will meet again with his opponent after appealing against the last year's match result.

Tajikistan: Militants in the Valley

Michael Hancock reviews the recent story about a shootout in the Tajikistan's part of the Fergana Valley.

Kazakhstan: economic paradoxes, sexism and the decline of science

Kazakhstan’s bloggers continue to discuss topics of social relevance Last week, online discussions touched on various subjects. The blogger Lord-Fame was visited by tax authorities, who found his company to...

Tajikistan: Me No Speak the Tajik

Vlad reports that Tajikistan has adopted legislation to downgrade the official status of the Russian language in a move that has reportedly had the country’s minorities up in arms.

Afghanistan: Jordanian royals fighting in Afghanistan?

Nick Fielding tells about a curious news in the Pakistan newspapers, which say that six women, all members of the Jordanian royal family, are due to be handed over to...

Kyrgyzstan: UNESCO against fountains in Osh

Arawanski writes that UNESCO is against building of two fountains on the foothills of the Sulaiman Mountain (the southern part of Kyrgyzstan), as it considers they pose a threat to...

Kyrgyzstan: Gypsies community

Elena presents a photo-post about her visit to the community of Luli (or Gypsies, or Roma) on the outskirts of Osh, a town in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Tajikistan: President Rahmon in on the Tour

On his way to this year’s United Nations summit, long-ruling president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, stopped over in Moscow, then in Croatia. Botur reflects on the tour and its results.

Turkmenistan: Students banned from study abroad

Musa updates on the situation when Turkmen students of foreign universities outside of the country were not allowed to leave their country without special approval certificates from the Ministry of...

Kazakhstan: Architectural Astana

Mursya posts photos of Astana, the new Kazakh capital being built in the steppes under a close eye of authoritarian president Nazarbayev.

Uzbekistan: Auction of children’s sweat

Musafirbek writes about the use of child labor in Uzbekistan, especially when children pick cotton for 8-10 hours a day. The government says they are doing it ‘by their own...

Afghanistan: Kamdesh Area

Joshua Fousts comments on the news that eight American and an unknown number of Afghan soldiers were killed after an attack on outposts in Afghanistan.

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