From a friend–In Kazakhstan

February 21, 2009

I got this from a friend today, and thought it was funny:

Dear All,

Hello from Almaty, Kazakhstan. Yes, I am in the land of Borat, and no not all the women here are prostitutes! Today, as I go out and explore the city, I am on a diplomatic mission. Can I find a “legal” version of Hybrid Theory, Meteora, or MTM at a music store in this cold, former soviet republic? Do they even have music stores, or do you have to visit the Kazakh equivalent of the Kremlin to get a special “license?” Can I stream a LP video on the Kazakh version of YouTube? Is there even a Kazakh version of YouTube? This is a country with no McDonalds, and no Coke, so I am not sure if I will be successful. They do however have horse meat sausage, and fermented maires milk. Hope we don’t get mugged!

Still looking at your music links…keep putting them up…




  1. Paula on March 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    First of all, sacha baron cohen had filmed the borat movie, a part of it, in Romania, unfortunetly they are speaking romanian (but how an american would now another language than his own) Borat is a very stupid joke for the American people because they allways do stupid things and they belevie everything.and that is not what is happening in my country (the prostitutes, at least we don’t put a hollywood co. to fake the truth) anyway, I don’t really know how manny US citizens do speak any other language than american english? I know that this is the new latin, but still.. And the stupid legend about Dracula, OMG, Vlad Tepes’s father had a dragon on his back and that is the name Darcul

  2. Acelle on August 4, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Hi Mike!
    Nice = I’m from Almaty and I must say it’s not a pleasure to read this post. I hope you don’t think that my country is the worst place in the world, because it’s not. I know this post it’s just a joke, but a lot of people who read it can think wrong and it’s sad for me.
    Some words about Borat…he’s just a lier, each thing he has said about KZ and its people are lie.
    Here’s too many fans of you guys and they are waiting for you, so I hope soon you visit and our city too.
    P.S. Yes, we really do have a kazakh version of YouTube, is McD’s so important?
    P.P.S. Your music means a lot to me.

  3. analoggirl on February 27, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Originally posted by Alexandra1984: “I hope we haven’t yet reached to the point that McDonalds and Coke will be a measure of civilization….” Great comment.

  4. rock_freak on February 24, 2009 at 10:27 am


  5. Kalini on February 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

    It’s stupid. When I travel abroad I’d like to try the local food. If I don’t like the local food, I’d seek for an Italian restaurant. I don’t like cheeseburgers. I think we have too many McDonalds restaurants here in my country and the people who visit them, go there not because it’s tasty, but because it’s cheap. I’ve travelled as a kid in 1991 to USSR and visited 4 soviet republics – Moldova, Ukrain, Russia and Tatarstan and even then in 1991 it wasn’t so bad. They are beautiful countries and also progressive. Kazkhstan is an open and independent country for more than 10 years, so I don’t think they don’t have music stores and Coke. To Madlen: Kazakhstan is an Asian country. KK

  6. SkyOlker on February 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    It’s funny, because this person like typical american lives in world of stereotypes. πŸ™‚ (hope it was joke, otherwise it makes that person look not very smart. It’s not a bad idea to read something about country you’ve never been before and you’re going to)
    My american friends keep giving me shit, because I don’t drink vodka and I am russian. :)))) When they visit my country they usualy get very surprised: “Oh, I didn’t know you guys do that or have that!” :)))
    Probably, a lot of people who’ve seen ” Borat” took it seriously and truly believed that it was exactly like in the real world. Anyway ,TV is not the best educational tool. :)))
    Traveling is a good thing!

  7. NoMoreSorrowGirl on February 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t find it funny either. But the way he/she write the message sounds he/she really want to eat at McDonalds…poor dude…tsk.tsk.tsk…thank god here in Riyadh KSA we have McD’s…but no DC shoes :'(…and still now no ROAD TO REVOLUTION CD/DVD…huhuhu!:'((…

  8. Madlen on February 22, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Hhahah:DOmg please don’t remind me of that movie…there was a particular moment that just…ewwwwww:DAnyway it’s kinda sad…i bet most of the people in America think that all of the countires in East Europe are something like that…well it’s not true:D

  9. Lynnie on February 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Wow – some people are too serious.
    I have a friend from Kazakhstan (and he also calls it ‘Borat Country’) and he was rather tickled by this post.
    I’m not a fan of Borat… but I was amused by this.
    Did they ever find a Kazakh YouTube?
    If not, tell them to start one up with a sub-section where people in Kazakhstan can also order McDonald’s and Coke to be delivered!
    It’s a win-win!
    Have a good day, doooooood!

  10. natalia_spain on February 22, 2009 at 11:38 am

    hahaha I was angry with ishment mike! (I do not listen, I get bored) and there are many fans but you could look at the pictures! could be a new art talent! (I do not think) or the song to go if you have not looked, but it’s good! buaaaaaaa (happy carnival) this picture is a bit ugly (I think) but what I have done better and this (is you) πŸ™‚ byee

  11. Diana_LP_adicted on February 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

    THAT WAS SO FUNNY πŸ˜€ , have a great day MS , KISSES

  12. Alexandra1984 on February 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

    hmm…I tried to mobilize my humorous reflexes but i couldn’t see this from that angle.The force that moves this world is its diversity otherwise we wouldn’t evolve and it would be a very dull place to live.I hope we haven’t yet reached to the point that McDonalds and Coke will be a measure of civilization….

  13. linkingabo on February 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

  14. cuz on February 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Funny. I’ve never saw the movie but it seems to be very influencial in some way, haha. I have a strory with foreign country and McDonald too. Last year, when I was in Czech Republic for LP’s show in Brno I wanted to buy a cheesburger and the lady didn’t know what’s that! I know that Czechs use thier own words instead of english, but I was sure they know the original ones. That was so weird… But finally I bought it πŸ˜‰ Have a nice day Mike.

  15. Sammy on February 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

    no mcdonalds ?!?! i never heard from a country where no mcdonalds is πŸ˜‰ and theres something I wanted to know is there a projekt revolution tour planed in summer?

  16. ShadowerLiltani on February 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Oh please, people, stop it, for christ’s sake it’s joke. We don’t have to be politically correct 24/7. I do wonder if there is a Kazakh version of youtube, especially since I had never heard of this country before… The land of Borat part was the best πŸ˜€ I recommend going to, that should solve all his problems.

  17. Kat on February 22, 2009 at 9:24 am

    i still remember that radio interview where chester said that his step sis sent him an article about the taliban. when they asked what music do you want to listen to now that the old regime is gone, the citizen replied linkin park.
    its crazy to think that there are places in the world where music isn’t readily available. and its even more crazy to me how there are actually a lot of fans in those places.
    thats why it’s so important for your music to be on sites like youtube and throughout the internet. for the people that dont have the oppotunity to listen freely. i hope the WB fixes their issues with youtube soon.

  18. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on February 22, 2009 at 8:31 am

    hey Mike… yep it was funny from me coz im not from there but this could offend some people ( that dont like jokes >>) who live there ^^ ooh n thanks 4 watching our links, i didnt post anything but really u’r awesome n its sweet :)) have a great day n take care πŸ™‚ Gabry

  19. pink_skull on February 22, 2009 at 8:23 am

    yo mike i think that wasn’t so funny coz i live in iraq and there’s also no McDonalds (u got alot of fans here).so that post made me a lil bit sure there’s soooo many fans from kazakhstan who didn’t find it funny:(

  20. Ash75 on February 22, 2009 at 7:55 am

    hmm, see I was similing a bit when I was reading it, but, to tell you the truth, it’s not really nice to upload such things on blog (especially for people who live there). I undrestand that this could be funny for some people, and if everyone takes it as a joke its ok, but… you know what people can be like πŸ™‚
    Kisses, take care πŸ˜‰

    Ps. About this music links… You’re awesome, you know? πŸ˜‰

  21. Merecy on February 22, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Hi mike ,
    I have a question it is about illegal downloading , i am talking in instant messenger with a guy who asked me to send him Lp’s Songs , of course i said” no way ! go buy it !” But it disturb me , i think he look for download it illegaly on emule or in other P2P .

    Maybe you have already answered but i didn’t find the answer …

    So my question is :
    What can we do as a fan against illegal download ?

    It disturb me to know that someone (Especially someone i know) steal your music ….Realy …And i think it’s also a disrespect for all the fans who buy the music ….

    Michael a.k.a Merecy

    Ps : have a great day .

  22. rockermeg on February 22, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Well I’m sure you guys do have fans in Kazakhstan and other random places. Borat is damn funny, most people don’t realise that Sacha Baron Cohen is actually Jewish (like me,hooray!) he’s just taking the piss out of people who are racist to Jews.
    He is a genius, my dad went to university with him,said he was actually really smart. But I guess you’d have to be to get into Cambridge and Oxford.
    I feel sorry for everyone living in countries like Kazakhstan who can’t buy the albums made by their favourite bands or artists.
    This guy is great,he was still searching for the “legal” way and not resorting to Limewire or Steam…

  23. lais on February 22, 2009 at 5:59 am

    year Mike =)
    I didn’t find it funny 😦
    I had to search here in Brazil to get a Linkin Park original album-.
    original was even more difficult. there are no illegal sellers on the world.
    kisses ^.^

  24. Lvix on February 22, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I think it is funny in the way it’s going about your own band…
    But that it is a country with no Mc Donalds… yeah it’s not funny for people who live their:p

  25. miKer0cks on February 22, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Nice one Mike πŸ™‚ Thx for sharing…Btw I found a funny picture that you may like to put on your ”Lost In Translation” photos πŸ™‚ here it is–>

  26. zahra on February 22, 2009 at 4:09 am

    NONONO!THAT’S NOT FUNNY!mike!well i’m sure its not that bad as she describes!but yes there is that problem for me&every one here!.bUT there are always other ways for us to get the stuff we want NOT LEGALy im the one person in school that offers to give what ever they need as in music and but the thing is that they wont be able to get the real thing(i even ask if they want me to buy any album from America for them or something.but mostly they prefer free…duaaa..every one wants it free!!..i offer them the chance to support!!)no one wants the real thing from me! its the same with alot of other things like movies,PC programs.WHO CARES IF WE DON’T HAVE McDs,MIKE!?!!?

  27. leticia on February 22, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Hi Mike,
    This is not funny, is that sometimes the only way to know what your favorite artist that is creating the Internet, are Donwloads same. I have some questions:
    1. As costs for the artist to make a cd today?
    2. You get more for the cd, or the shows?
    3. which the most interesting that has ever known? (country)You can learn something, or know only the airport, the hotel and the show moonlight?
    Hug – LetΓ­cia – Brazil
    ps. it is true that the LP comes to Brazil to ”World Peace One”?

  28. todraw on February 22, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Yea, i don’t think he will find a original cd an i think why there should be originals. I mean i come from an country where i think the biggest part of the ppl couldn’t buy a original CD. I dont think any Label would sell cd’s there for 1 or 2 euro. Btw i don mean switzerland with this(i live here but my orign country is Kosova). And of course i don’t know how the situation of money is in Kazakhstan but for me it seems it’s not better as in Kosova (btw we’ve got coke there there are european standards xD but just the middle class have got enough money for…) So i don’t think this is that funny i’m sorry…

    wish u all a good day

  29. ms_shock on February 22, 2009 at 2:48 am

    I didn’t find it funny. I live in Siberia. I don’t search for legal CDs, but even here there’s almost everything you want: McDonalds, Coke, all kinds of CDs or DVDs, Internet and other stuff. Many ppl think that it’s just freezing asshole, but they havent ever been here. And all this stuff this guy wrote about Kazakhstan is a shit. We must respect other places. This one isn’t funny. >_>

  30. shinnizel15 on February 22, 2009 at 2:29 am

    I can understand the plight of this guy …. I had to search a million stores here in India to get a Linkin Park original !!
    Finding a Fort Minor original was even more difficult !! I had tantrums and shed buckets and buckets of tears before my parents were ready to give me another chance !!
    Now I have Hybrid Theory, Meteora, MTM and also The Rising Tied …….. there’s gonna be another struggle in my house so that I can get Road to Revolution ………… That CD will be a rare spieces in this neck of the woods !!
    Wish me luck everyone !!

  31. YugialexLP on February 22, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Mike, sorry for Offtop but, bandmerch is the worst Online shop I’ve ever seen. A friend from russia have to pay 40 bucks only for shipping. And he waited 10 weeks!!! for his LPU package (he bought primier pass). WHY DON’T YOU CHANGE TO ANOTHER GOOD SHOPS (amazon for example). PLEASE DO something.

  32. bojkic on February 22, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Not sure about Kazakhstan, but you can’t buy LP CDs here either(in Serbia and Bosnia). No, there are no illegal sellers on the streets(like 10 years ago) but there just few legal stores and even those sometimes don’t have LP discs to offer. I think almost no one here buys CDs anymore. You could say we’ve advanced to the next big thing(like internet downloads and monthly subscription to unlimited music legal download, like one I have), but that is not quite why that happened. Because people never “had to” buy legal CDs here, there is no culture of CD buying. It was easier for them to turn to Internet when selling illegal CDs was forbidden and strictly enforced. So I buy my LP CDs from Amazon.

  33. DinaraLP on February 22, 2009 at 1:43 am

    oh my god! I can’t believe my eyes, is here really word “Kazakhstan”?! I’m from this country. I’ve never been in Almaty but I can say that your friend is happy because he didn’t see Ekibastuz, where I live in)))))My town is situated in the North of the country….it doesn’t matter)))
    I’m amazed!..

  34. bec on February 22, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Borat really damaged that country – Considering Kazakhstan is currently one of the most up and coming oil rich countries it’s quite offensive to consider all women to be prostitues and whatever else came from that movie!

    Borat wasn’t even filmed in Kazakhstan – they got there and it was too clean.

    I’ve worked with people from Kazakhstan and been threatened to be sent out there for a month (not something I’d actually enjoy but mostly due to being stuck on an oil rig) – whether these people knew your music or not doesn’t really matter. You can go into some of the big music stores in the UK and find very odd Linkin Park DVDs – one of these ‘unofficial DVDs’ is the making of MTM!

  35. nurba on February 22, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I’m from Kazakhstan too.It’s very good country,and not true about Borat.Just big joke.
    I wonder about this letter,we don’t have a Coke? πŸ™‚ real bullsh*t.

  36. msgirl on February 22, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Mike!I have a SPECIAL QUESTION for you…comparing your songs (kenji,hands held high) with other artistsΒ΄ songs(P.I.M.P…) i see really big difference..i mean i want to know why you chose this style.why donΒ΄t you rap about love,or hedonistic lifestyle(for instance: some hot girls around you,you pretend to be like a play boy..bla bla bla..) wouldnΒ΄t that be easier way to achieve success? so many people want to listen to music about love….i just want to know comes me so strange

  37. lp_fm_fan on February 21, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, hahahahaha. Btw, I am originally from South America, and let me tell you, where I have been there are only illegal copies of CDs! I could not find ONE music store over there, but when I was with my parents looking for good DVDs and CDs and such we found a LP CD, it wasn’t HT, Meteora, or MTM (not even sure it was out at that time) but it was like something so random and I knew it wasn’t something y’all came up with but I figured it cost only a few cents so why not? I played it, some were songs of y’alls and some songs were from Grey Daze, when y’all were Xero, etc. And even some remixes. Oh but my cousin did find a HT shirt there and gave it to me! πŸ™‚

    Take care

    ~Ana A.

  38. epicsend on February 21, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    this is hilariuos and also I want to thank you for letting us put our bands links up a few people have requested my band on myspace because of it and I have found alot of great bands because of it.

  39. sterilepoon on February 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Lmao, I hope they eat all the horse meat sausage. You’re supposed to try new things when you travel, not seek out bleeding cheeseburgers at McD’s.

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