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Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev says he could be a 'mediator' in the Ukraine crisis because of his country's good relations with Kyiv and Moscow.

Nazarbaev Ready To 'Mediate' In Ukraine

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has stated he is ready to act as an "honest mediator" to help resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine. More

Belarus's Alyaksandr Lukashenka (left) and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbaev will then travel to Moscow.

Belarusian, Kazakh Leaders To Visit Kyiv

The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan will visit Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early next week. More

Kazakh National Bank Raises Interest Rate

The National Bank of Kazakhstan (QUB) has raised the interest rate for commercial banks from 2.75 percent to 3.05 percent. More

Embattled Kazakh Lawyer Released From Psychiatric Clinic

Kazakh lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova, who was forcibly put into a psychiatric clinic, has been released from the institution. More

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo)

Nazarbaev Calls On Kazakhs To Defend Independence, Unity

President Nursultan Nazarbaev has called on citizens to defend Kazakhstan's independence and laid out plans for a new celebration of the Central Asian country's history. More

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Kazakh President Slams Islamic State

The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbaev, has said that Islam is a religion of peace, and that the Islamic State group and Islamic terrorism have nothing to do with that religion. More

Kazakh Prosecutor: 'Well Aware' Of Identities Of Child Militants In IS Video

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prosecutor-General Andrey Kravchenko has said that the country’s intelligence and law-enforcement services have identified the Kazakh children shown in a recent Islamic State group video. More
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Features & Commentary

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.

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.
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