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Latest Kazakhstan News

Latvian-Based Russian News Portal Blocked In Kazakhstan

An online Russian news portal based in Latvia has been blocked in Kazakhstan over an article described by Astana as "inflicting ethnic discord." More

Kyrgyz To Need Passports To Enter Russia

Kyrgyzstan's State Registration Ministry says that as of January 1, 2015, Kyrgyz citizens will no longer be able to enter the Russian Federation using their national identification documents. More

Graft Charges For Kazakh Border Chief

The head of Kazakhstan’s Border Guard Service has been ordered held in pretrial detenion on organized crime and corruption charges. More

Three Suspects Detained In Jailed Kazakh Tycoon's Father-In-Law Stabbing Case

Three women have been detained in Kyrgyzstan on suspected involvement in the stabbing of the father-in-law of the jailed former chief of Kazakhstan’s national nuclear company, KazAtomProm. More

Fire Again Strikes Almaty Marketplace

A section of a large market in Almaty has been destroyed by the latest in a series of fires to strike bazaars in Kazakhstan's largest city. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Book Review: Border Experiments In The Ferghana Valley And Beyond

Till Mostowlansky reviews the new book by Madeleine Reeves about one of Central Asia's "hot spots" in the Ferghana Valley. More

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
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Features & Commentary

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?
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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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