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Protesters say local authorities routinely confiscate land from people with dubious justification. They have held similar actions in recent months, such as this one in Astana in June.

Kazakhs Protest Confiscation Of Land

Several women and their children have held a demonstration against the confiscation of their property by the Kazakh government. More

Kazakhstan Sentences Four For Recruiting Fighters For Syrian War

Four people in the central city of Zhezqazghan have been sentenced for recruiting fighters to the Islamic insurgency in Syria. More

Azamat Tazhayakov (on the far right) has been found guilty of impeding the Boston Marathon bombing probe.

Kazakh Student Guilty Of Impeding Boston Marathon Bomb Case

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on July 21 of impeding the investigation into the bombing. More

Kazakhstan Sentences Four On Terrorism Charges

Four Kazakh citizens have been given prison sentences on terrorism charges in southern Kazakhstan. More

Antigovernment activists demonstrate against Armenia's membership of a Russian-led customs union during a state visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Yerevan in December 2013.

Armenia To Join Eurasian Union In October

Armenian officials say they expect their country to join the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EES) in October. More

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Central Asia: Regionally Dysfunctional In Face Of Common Threats

Recent violence along the Turkmen-Afghan border reminds Central Asian governments that the clock is ticking to the end of this year, when the bulk of foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan. That was the topic of a roundtable discussion hosted by RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, Azatlyk. More

Psychic Saiga, A Kazakh World Cup Twitter Tipster

Paul the Octopus surprised the world with a string of accurate predictions in the FIFA World Cup in 2010. And for this year's soccer World Cup in Brazil this year, the clairvoyant animal craze continues with Psychic Saiga, an antelope from Kazakhstan. More
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Features & Commentary

Can Kazakhstan Become A Top Tourist Destination?

Kazakhstan is investing billions of dollars to boost its tourism sector. But the country has a long a way to go to become a popular destination for travelers.

For Exiled Activist, Kazakhstan Is Out Of Sight, But Never Out Of Mind

Opposition activist Muratbek Ketebaev has fought off arrest and extradition since fleeing Kazakhstan in 2010. Since then, the one-time associate of Mukhtar Ablyazov has received asylum in Poland. But he still keeps a critical eye on his homeland and its leader, Nursultan Nazarbaev.

Blind Kazakh Shares Love For The Games

A blind teenager loves video games -- and wants all visually impaired children in Kazakhstan to get in on the action.

Despite Ukraine Crisis, Russia Pursues Eurasian Integration Dream

Using a combination of subsidies and coercion, Moscow is solidifying its Eurasian integration dream, making it both deeper and broader. But some prosepctive members are having doubts.

On Russia's Borders, Opposition Mounts to Patriotic Symbol Ahead Of Victory Day

Ahead of the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, groups across the former Soviet Union are pushing back against a symbol of both imperial and Soviet Russia that has generated controversy in the Ukraine crisis.

Yelena Ryabinina, Advocate For Central Asian Refugees, Mourned By Friends And Colleagues

One of Russia's most prominent defenders of Central Asian refugees, Yelena Ryabinina, dies after a long battle with cancer.
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