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Articles by Adil Nurmakov

Born October 17, 1978, Adil is a graduate of the International Relations department of the Almaty State University, holding a Ph.D. in Political Science. He has worked for international organizations in Almaty and Moscow. Since 2007 he has been the director of the Competitiveness Research Center (http://www.rating-kz.info), the Central Asia regional editor for Global Voices Online (http://www.globalvoicesonline.org), and Kazakhstan coordinator for neweurasia. In his many capacities he has been a participant of several international conferences and author of numerous research papers and articles. An active internet enthusiast, in 2007 Adil was named Kazakhstan’s best blogger by MediaNet/Soros and Hivos. Check out his personal blog and projects @ http://adam-kersher.livejournal.com, http://www.alatoday.info, and http://www.moblog.kz.

Banking news update
Monday, 2 Mar, 2009 – 8:43 | One Comment

As the turmoil in banking sector of Kazakhstan continues with de facto nationalization of two major domestic banks (including the largest private bank in CIS – BTA Bank), some of the international financial conglomerates seek …

Kazakhstan: Politics and Society in Times of Crisis
Monday, 23 Feb, 2009 – 7:30 | One Comment

Politics remain the major topic of the online discussions in Kazakhstan – much more frequently and intensely than in public life. One of the most recent events, widely discussed by the bloggers, was the establishment …

Kazakh Video Tube
Wednesday, 18 Feb, 2009 – 8:24 | One Comment

On St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, a Kazakh video hosting project Kaztube.kz came to life. Dozens of videos with congratulations from celebrities and government officials had been uploaded for the opening of the website. Even …

Opposition Insists on Government’s Resignation
Friday, 13 Feb, 2009 – 7:54 | No Comment

The opposition calls recent economic measures of the authorities “inadequate” and repeatedly urges for resignation of the government.
As in many other countries of the world, Kazakhstan has been struck by the global financial crisis. Moreover, …

End of private banks
Tuesday, 3 Feb, 2009 – 9:18 | 3 Comments

Recently, odd things have happened to a number of Kazakh banks and the Kazakh stock market. The spread of ungrounded controversial information sent stocks of three banks plummeting, leading to nationalization of two major private …

Religious Issues Discussed by Bloggers
Monday, 2 Feb, 2009 – 8:15 | No Comment

Since 2006, both Qurban Eid, the Muslim holiday, and Russian Orthodox Church’s Christmas (January 7th) are celebrated in this country as state holidays. Dass quotes president Nazarbayev’s congratulation on the day: “More than 70% of …

World MBA Tour Comes to Almaty
Wednesday, 21 Jan, 2009 – 8:29 | No Comment

QS – a leading global career and education network, providing the platform for universities, business schools and employers to target, meet and select the best qualified candidates from around the world – regularly conducts an …

Kazakhstan: Youth, Urban Decay and Governance
Tuesday, 20 Jan, 2009 – 8:03 | No Comment

Megakhuimyak is upset over the dramatically decreasing quality of education in Kazakhstan after he learnt who governs the faculty and administration at the university he had graduated from [ru]:
Most of these people belonged to the …

Quantum of Kompromat
Tuesday, 13 Jan, 2009 – 20:52 | No Comment

Sunday Times has reported on the new scandal, related to the chain of shady stories about Kazakhgate and subtle foreign activities of the Kazakh authorities. Once again the name of some Alexander Mirtchev is in …

Kazakh Student Killed in Moscow
Thursday, 8 Jan, 2009 – 12:36 | No Comment

It has been a month since Interfax Agency first reported that an 18-year-old student from Kazakhstan had been stabbed to death in south-west Moscow.
About 9:20 pm the passers-by found a wounded young man at Butlerov …