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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.

LiveJournal Still Blocked
Monday, 5 Jan, 2009 – 17:58 | No Comment

LiveJournal is still blocked in Kazakhstan – the national telecom operator started filtering it on October 7, although it never acknowledged this fact. Skullptor is sarcastic [ru]:

I think it’s a step in the right direction. …

Kazakhstan: History, Culture and Internet
Monday, 1 Dec, 2008 – 14:04 | 4 Comments

While Ukraine is taking a principle stand towards its history and calling Holodomor (famine of the 1930s) genocide of the nation, undertaken by the communist regime, Kazakhstani authorities are very quiet on the comparable disaster …

Kazakhstan: Political Economy and Blocked Blogs
Thursday, 20 Nov, 2008 – 22:29 | One Comment

It has been more than a month since Kazakhstan’s telecom monopolist blocked access of the users to Livejournal, the most popular blog platform in the Central Asian country. At the same time, the networks of …

Kazakhstan: Blocked Bloggers Discuss Economics
Thursday, 30 Oct, 2008 – 13:25 | One Comment

Although LiveJournal, the major blog platform on the post-Soviet space, including Kazakhstan, is still not accessible through the national telecom monopolist Kazakhtelecom, Internet enthusiasts find their way to express their opinions online. The main topic …

LiveJournal Blocked in Kazakhstan
Monday, 20 Oct, 2008 – 10:33 | No Comment

On October 7th, the Kazakhstani users have found themselves unable to access popular social network LiveJournal. This website is the most popular blogging platform in the Russian-speaking communities on the post-Soviet space. Bloggers in the …

Kazakhstan: Language, Economics and Foreign Policy
Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 – 5:49 | No Comment

The Kazakhstani authorities have again brought up the issue of state language. Kazakh language has been heavily depreciated in the Soviet times against the background of inculcation of Russian language. Earlier, officials restrained themselves from …

Friday Photo: New landmark of Almaty
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 6:13 | One Comment
Kazakhstan: Who Lives Well in Kazakhstan
Tuesday, 23 Sep, 2008 – 10:32 | One Comment

As long as Kazakhstan still aspires to enter the top 50 most competitive states of the world (although these efforts have so far resulted in decline of its competitiveness, as the World Economic Forum’s annual …

Shell + KMG
Monday, 22 Sep, 2008 – 7:54 | 2 Comments

As was predicted by the expert community of Kazakhstan – and confirmed by the insider sources in the government, Kazakhstan’s state oil-and-gas company KazMunaiGas would create a joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell Plc to …

This Dutch is not Hiddink
Thursday, 18 Sep, 2008 – 8:46 | 3 Comments

Kazakhstan football federation decided to fire Dutch coach Arno Pijpers after losing their last two 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
However, to be fair, the first match was won – the Kazakh national team defeated Andorra 3-0, …