Lack of funds? Foreign debt? Surely not in Kyrgyzstan…

Translation of Alexandr Bogolyubov’s post (RUS) My attention has recently been drawn to Kyrgyz officials’ unhealthy interest in the country’s second capital, Osh. No one used to worry about the dirty streets, the lack of lighting at night or mass migration, but now, suddenly, everyone has joined together in a chorus, calling for major improvements. Perhaps, this has to do with the fact that Osh is currently the likeliest source of money, given the worldwide attention and, consequently, significant funding that international organizations continue to pump into the city.

Where is the extra 90 billion going?

Translation of thousand-pa’s post (RUS) Almaty’s budget for 2011: The city is set to earn 178.1 billion tenge, while budgetary spending is projected to be 130.5 billion. Astana’s budget for 2011: Of the budget for 2011 (218.591 billion tenge), 76.697 billion comes from the city’s earnings, 123.8 from transfers and 18.043 from subventions.

Flashback: Astana in 1979

Translation of sadenova’s post (RUS) It all started last Friday, when Mr. Lawrence Sherwin from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development came into our office. He was a charismatic, soft-spoken gentleman with phenomenally good Russian. It turned out he studied what used to be called “Sovietology” (or Soviet Studies) and was an exchange student in Leningrad. It was all very funny until he pulled out a set of incredible photographs. My jaw dropped, for I was holding the history of our city in my hands. Apparently, after finishing his studies in 1979, Mr. Sherwin was offered an interesting job…

Pioneering the Turkmennet, part 3: a world of possibilities

neweurasia’s Annasoltan concludes her conversation with Turkmen entrepreneur Muhammed Mamedov, turning to the subject of Turkmenistan’s internet environment and its authoritarian practices. “I don’t agree that the environment isn’t internet friendly, at least not for what I am doing,” he says. “I can build online communities, news websites, anything I want.”

MTS operations suspended in Turkmenistan

Earlier this month, neweurasia reported about the problems of MTS users in Turkmenistan. Less than a month into the disruptions of MTS mobile service operations, there is now more clarity to the picture. An announcement on the MTS website says the company was told by the Ministry of Communications that a decision had been taken to suspend the its license starting December 21, 2010 without any stated explanation.

Tajik Unibrow Fashion Goes Transatlantic?

This summer, my neweurasia boss Schwartz asked, “What are five things West can learn from the Central Asian people?” sparking a discussion among our readers that eventually became quite philosophical. Now, however, we have something real that Americans have picked up from Tajikistan – the unibrow. declared the last month of this year to be “Decembrow” and has asked American women to grow unibrows for charity. Of course, it is a kind of reply to “Movember”, a moustache growing charity event, started in 1999 by a group of men from Adelaide, Australia. It is held each November and raises…

Celebrating International Migrants Day in Kyrgyzstan

On December 18 world celebrated the 10th anniversary of the International Migrants Day. UN Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection. Mrs. Aygul Ryskulova, Minister of Labour, Employment and Migration, noted that Kyrgyzstan is one of the major suppliers of the work force in Central Asia. Minister stated that in nine months of 2010 Kyrgyz nationals abroad sent around 1 billion US dollars to their…

Pioneering the Turkmennet, part 1: weaving the Turkmenweb

During the dark days of Niyazov, when the internet was closed to the majority of Turkmen, an entrepreneur in Houston was laying the groundwork for today’s growing “Turkmennet”. neweurasia’s Annasoltan sits down with Muhammed Mamedov of Turkmenweb and listens to his view on the past, present, and future of his business, the Turkmen online community, and Turkmenistan’s internet policy.

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