What It's Like To Be Young In Kazakhstan
Published 16 January 2013
RFE/RL's Kazakh Service has launched a photo competition asking its readers to send in photos that capture the spirit of Kazakh youth. From wedding parties to souped-up cars to snake dances, the photos are a compelling portrait of a post-Soviet generation. (18 PHOTOS)
Students wait nervously before the start of a major high school exam. The results determine which university the students will attend.
Playing chess in the park.
Before getting married, many Kazakh couples do a photo shoot. They will use a photo for their wedding invitation.
Moving from a small town to a big city.
A birthday celebration in a Soviet-themed restaurant.
A newly married couple prepares to release a pair of doves, which is seen as a symbol of a happy life.
A bride wearing a traditional Kazakh wedding outfit.
A snake dance in the southern city of Taraz. Kazakhstan has snakes, but not this big.
A family birthday celebration
Breaking in an untrained horse, a very traditional Kazakh pursuit.
A couple on an Altybaqan, a traditional Kazakh swing.
Kazakhstan is no exception to the rest of the world: Young men like their cars fast and flashy.