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Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov

Kerry Meets Kazakh Foreign Minister

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov in Washington on September 22. More

Moscow Voices Pre-Summit Stance On Caspian

Russia is pressing its opposition to the division of the Caspian Sea into five sectors ahead of a summit of the five nations with coastlines on the inland sea. More

Vadim Kuramshin

Jailed Kazakh Rights Defender On Hunger Strike

Jailed Kazakh human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin has started a hunger strike to demand a review of his case. More

The main suspect in the embezzlement plot is former BTA chief Mukhtar Ablyazov, who is currently being held in France.

Russia Hands Over Kazakh In BTA Case

Russia's prosecutor-general has handed over Erlan Kosaev, a former official with Kazakhstan's BTA bank who is accused of involvement in an embezzlement scheme that cost the bank billions of dollars. More

EBRD Lowers Forecasts Due To Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says the Ukraine crisis is weighing heavily on economies where the bank operates, including Central and Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet republics. More

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Central Asia Prepares For Afghan 'Threat'

Central Asia's governments have been dreading January 2015, for some time. Many remember the last half of the 1990s, when the Taliban was stretching its rule along Afghanistan's northern border and the problems of the country seeped into Central Asia. More

A Tale Of Russian Separatism In Kazakhstan

Since pro-Russian separatists started their activities in eastern Ukraine, there has been speculation about which, if any, of the former Soviet republics might receive the Kremlin's unwanted attention next. Invariably Kazakhstan, still with a sizeable population of Russian/Slavic people, is among the first mentioned. More
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Features & Commentary

'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

The -stan ending has been accused of tarnishing Kyrgyzstan's image, prompting a call for change.

My Son The Jihadist

A Kazakh father recently got a first-hand view into his son's life as a jihadist in Iraq.

Putin Downplays Kazakh Independence, Sparks Angry Reaction

Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent remarks making light of Kazakhstan's history as an independent state has sparked angry reactions.

Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

In recent remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to call into question Kazakhstan's legitimacy as a country, comments that echoed statements he made before the current crisis in Ukraine. His geopolitical vision for a "greater Russia" reminds some of a 1990 essay by Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Interview: Economist Says Food Ban 'Certainly Against Russian Economic Interests'

Sergei Guriyev, former dean of the prestigious New Economics School in Moscow who left Russia in 2013 amid a crackdown on critics of the Kremlin, discusses Russia's ban on Western food imports and the dangers protectionist policies pose for the country's economic growth.

Can Kazakhstan Become A Top Tourist Destination?

Kazakhstan is investing billions of dollars to boost its tourism sector. But the country has a long a way to go to become a popular destination for travelers.
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