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The chaos theory of Mongolia

I returned to Mongolia 15 years ago after an absence of 13 years, save for the occasional 2-week leave from work, and that time I spent a semester and a half at a local university drinking endless cups of brown, watery 150 Tugrik instant MaCcoffee at the cafĂ© strangely, or perhaps egotistically, named "In my memory", writing the first and so far the only book that got us into trouble with the local intelligence who apparently had little else to do than to pore through the ramblings of teenagers to catch the tell-tale signs of drug dealery. But I digress. When you visit a country for a short period, be it home or not, you hardly have time to immerse yourself in the spirit of the country and the city and feel the nitty gritty and dirty shiny of it all. So after 13 years, it took me a while to readjust and finally understand what the hometown of my childhood had become.  The most striking, ubiquitous, and inescapable feature was and still, unfortunately, is the traffic. In 2008,

B.Jargalsaikhan Arrested

Head of the Republican Party of Mongolia (Bugd Nairamdakh Party), B.Jargalsaikhan (more popularly known as Buyangiin Jagaa [he is the CEO of Buyan company, last I remember]) was detained for questioning on 4 September, reports Unuudur. He is reportedly a suspect in the ongoing investigation by the Prosecutor General's office into the organizers of July 1 riots. B.Jargalsaikhan was the only candidate from the Republican Party to be elected into office in the 2004 Parliamentary elections, and served as the Minister of Industry and Trade before. None of the Republican candidates won in this year's election. Along with B.Jargalsaikhan, O.Magnai and J.Batzandan are also accused of instigating or organizing the riots. O.Magnai and J.Batzandan were detained at Gants Hudag detention centre for a number of weeks until both were released on medical grounds. They are both awaiting trial under the Criminal Code.

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