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Latest Kazakhstan News

Turkmenistan Closes Border With Kazakhstan

Turkmen officials have closed the border with Kazakhstan for five days in line with increased security measures. More

Kazakh Court Sentences IS Recruit

A Kazakh court has sentenced a man to seven years in prison for joining the Islamic State extremist group in Syria. More

Officials have launched an antiterror operation.

Lone 'Islamist' Gunman Caught After Deadly Almaty Shootings

Kazakh officials say they believe they have captured the lone gunman in multiple attacks that President Nursultan Nazarbaev described as a "terrorist act," which targeted police and left five people dead in Kazakhstan’s commercial capital, Almaty. More

Left to right: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rohani, and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev

Russian, Iranian, Azerbaijani Leaders To Meet

The presidents of Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan are expected to hold talks in Baku early next month. More

Kazakhstan Jails 12 'Who Tried To Join IS'

A Kazakh court has sentenced 12 men who were found guilty of attempting to join the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Kazakhstan -- In The Absence Of Official Information

In Kazakhstan, it has been difficult to receive accurate information -- or sometimes even any information -- from media and officials, especially from the country’s president, while dramatic events unfold. More

Doping Scandal Blows Kazakhstan's Cover

Qishloq Ovozi is pleased to welcome back Matthew Kupfer. In this article, Kupfer takes a look at the recent doping scandal in Kazakhstan and at that country’s efforts to develop national Olympic champions, even when these champions were not originally from Kazakhstan. More
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Features & Commentary

Video In Wake Of Blown Coup, Turkey Takes Global Aim At Gulen Movement

As Turkey cracks down hard on perceived enemies like the Gulen movement at home, it also looks set to escalate the controversy over the global Islamic education movement by pressing other countries to follow suit.

No Rest For Controversy Over Costly Plans To Honor Prominent Kazakh Dead 

Ordinary Kazakhs can think of better ways to spend public money upon hearing about plans to house the graves of prominent citizens in a pricey pantheon.

Kazakh Minister's Remarks Spark Anger In Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan's culture minister has sparked resentment with remarks about neighboring Kyrgyzstan and its turbulent recent history.

Kazakh Clampdown On Land Protests Leaves 'People's Bard' Behind Bars

One of the most outspoken opponents of Kazakh plans to dispense with huge swaths of land is a folksy singer who's not afraid to pick a fight with the government.

Kazakh Authorities Make Rare Concessions To Tamp Down Land-Sale Protests

Rattled by widespread protests against a government land-sale proposal, Kazakh authorities continue to take steps aimed at tamping down public anger.

Kazakh Authorities Take To SMS, Facebook To Ward Off Protests

Many Kazakhs checking their smartphones on May 6 might have been surprised to find a cautiously contrite SMS message from an unlikely source.

Land Sales Unearth Kazakhs' Love For The Motherland

Fears that land will be taken from the people and sold off to foreigners or moneyed elites are fueling a rare and growing protest movement in Kazakhstan.
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