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Posted by Vadim Isakov at 8:52PM

The Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan in 2005 caused uneasy feelings in bordering Uzbekistan. I remember how some representatives of the local political elite in the country were talking about the Tulip Revolution giving "wrong ideas" to Uzbek population. And they were right to worry. Governed by ever-present Islam Karimov and stuck with a stagnating economy, Uzbekistan has always been...

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Posted by Vadim Isakov at 11:18PM

Post-colonial republics of Central Asia have been pretty slow to adopt cyber-rituals of social networking platforms. But when people finally got a taste of new forms of communications online, they were unstoppable. The leading social network in the former Soviet Union Vkontakte.ru (In Contact) has 10 million members and no competitors. Looking awfully like Facebook.com, Vkontakte.ru quickly...

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Posted by Vadim Isakov at 11:44PM

Blog post written by Vadim Isakov

It is fascinating to think about how my hometown, the ancient city of Bukhara, blossomed with wealth and culture eleven centuries ago challenging Cairo and Baghdad, the largest and wealthiest cities of the ancient world, in its glory. It is thrilling to realize that formerly one...

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