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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has led Kazakhstan since 1989, two years before the Soviet collapse.

Nazarbaev Unclear On Election Plans

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev said on March 6 that it may be "time to change the scenery," leaving it unclear whether he will seek a new term in an early election on April 26. More

Caspian Legal Status 'Nearly Resolved'

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour has expressed optimism that the legal status of the Caspian Sea could finally be resolved at the next summit of Caspian littoral states. More

Central Asians Reported Among Militants Killed In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say Russian-speaking Central Asians were among dozens of militants killed in southern Afghanistan on March 4. More

Russia Says Worried By IS 'Units' In CSTO Countries

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has seen an increase of activity by "Islamic State (IS) units" in countries belonging to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). More

France To Extradite Kazakh Fugitive

The top French appeals court has upheld the extradition of fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov to either Russia or Ukraine. More

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RFE/RL Blocked In Kazakhstan After Reporting On Kazakh IS Video

RFE/RL's Kazakh Service has been blocked in Kazakhstan after reporting on a video showing Kazakh militants calling for others to join the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. More

The Kazakh Teen Charged With Aiding IS In U.S.

The background of a Kazakh teenager arrested in the United States on suspicion of assisting the Islamic State (IS) group is shrouded in mystery, an investigation by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service has revealed. More
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Features & Commentary

Kazakhstan Suspends Measles Vaccination Campaign After Many Students Fall Ill

A compulsory measles-vaccination campaign has been suspended in Kazakhstan after some 100 teenagers reportedly fell ill after being inoculated. Despite protests by parents, however, health authorities are determined to resume the campaign within days.

Timeline: Rakhat Aliev's Fall From Grace

Rakhat Aliev rose to the pinnacle of political power in energy-rich Kazakhstan as the son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbaev. But when he fell, he fell hard. We look at the key events leading to Aliev's reported suicide in a Vienna prison on February 24.

Trail Of IS 'Russian Spies' Seen In Kazakhstan And North Caucasus

One of the two men who appear to be executed in a video released by Islamic State (IS) militants appears to have ties to a village in southern Kazakhstan and Russia's restive North Caucasus region.

Muslim Press Reacts To Charlie Hebdo Attack

Media in the Muslim world have published a wide variety of reactions to the deadly attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

It once was touted as an eastern alternative to the European Union and an attempt to resurrect the Soviet Union. But as the Eurasian Economic Union comes into existence with its three founding members -- Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan -- already squabbling, the future of the Kremlin's pet project looks uncertain.

Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.

In Kyrgyzstan, A New Interest In Russified Names

Tens of thousands of Kyrgyz are changing their names to sound more Russian in the belief it will make their lives easier.

President Borat: French Leader Mocked Over Traditional Kazakh Costume

Critics of Francois Hollande are mocking the French president after he posed in a traditional Kazakh furry costume, causing anger in Paris and dealing another blow to the French president's deteriorating public image.
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