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Latest Kazakhstan News

Convict Avoids Prison After Swearing Loyalty To Kazakh President

A court in Kazakhstan has convicted a former governor of financial crimes but released him from custody after he asked forgiveness from President Nursultan Nazarbaev. More

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo

Kazakhstan 'Close' To WTO Membership

The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) says the 160-member body is in active discussions with 10 countries aiming to become members, including Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. More

Uzbek, Kazakh Leaders Stress Closer Ties

Uzbek President Islam Karimov and his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbaev, stressed the importance of bilateral relations for regional security during a meeting in Astana on November 25. More

Kazakhstan Bans Video About Citizens Fighting In Syria

Kazakhstan has banned a video showing Kazakh children alleging they were preparing to fight alongside Islamist militants in Syria. More

Kazakh Boxing Champ Honored With Wrong Anthem

Kazakhstan's former national anthem has been played at an international sports event in South Korea. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Kyrgyzstan Accused Of Punishing Reporters, Fearing Kazakh Backlash Over IS Video

The co-founder of a Kyrgyzstan news portal that published a video showing Kazakh children being trained by the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria has slammed the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry after he was asked to remove the report. More

Kazakhstan Moves To Ban 'Illegal' IS Video Showing Training Of Kazakh Children

Kazakhstan has banned new Islamic State (IS) video that shows Kazakh nationals, including children, participating in training exercises in Syria, according to Kazakh and Russian media reports. More
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Features & Commentary

Kazakh Historians Campaign To Save Infamous Tsarist, Soviet Prison

Crumbling ruins are all that remain of a Kazakh prison with an inglorious past as a center of tsarist and Soviet repression -- leaving local historians scrambling to preserve its legacy.

In Many Countries, Distance From Ebola Brings A Sense Of Safety

In many parts of Eurasia, people think they are far enough away from Africa to be safe from Ebola. Is that a false sense of security?

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.

'-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.
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