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French OK Ablyazov Extradition

An appellate court in the French city of Lyon has authorized the extradition of fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov. More

Kazakh Ex-Deputy Jailed

A former deputy agriculture minister in Kazakhstan, Muslim Omiraev, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption charges. More

Kazakhstan Bans Islamic Group

Kazakhstan has outlawed Takfir wal-Hijra (Excommunication and Exodus), a radical Islamic group that has already been banned in Russia and many Western countries. More

Kazakhstan Ratifies Eurasian Union

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has signed a law on the ratification of the treaty creating the Eurasian Economic Union (EES), his office said on October 14. More

Russian Navy Vessels Visit Iran

A fleet of Russian warships berthed in the Caspian port of Enzali in Iran on October 13. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Islamic State: 'Coming For Every Central Asian State'?

As if there were not enough militant problems for Central Asia already, some sources suggest the Islamic militant group currently dominating world headlines is also Central Asia’s greatest extremist challenge. More

Video Zombie Nazi Invasion: Russian Video Warns That Racism Resurrects Fascism

Xenophobia is widespread in Russia according to public opinion polls. A new video by a rights group says it leads to fascism. More
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Features & Commentary

Kazakh Antigay Campaign Deepens Over Same-Sex Kiss Poster

A lawsuit has kicked off in Kazakhstan over a poster featuring Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin and Kazakh composer Qurmanghazy Saghyrbaiuly kissing. The poster has sparked an antigay campaign in the country, with one politician claiming blood tests can be used to identify homosexuals.
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'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

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

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