Zhanagul Zhursin is a correspondent in Aqtobe for RFE/RL's Kazakh Service. After graduating from Zhubanov University, she worked at the local TV station in Aqtobe. Zhursin also served as the editor in chief of local media outlets. She joined RFE/RL in 2011 and has been working as a broadcast and print journalist for more than 25 years.
Also by Zhanagul Zhursin
April 05, 2022
'He Doesn't Take Bribes': Kazakh Town Happy With Mayor From First 'Real Election'
A Kazakh town has elected a mayor with no connection to the country's ruling party, unlike most politicians. Residents say Raiymbek Musaghali won the "first-ever real election" in a country with no record of free and fair votes.
January 20, 2022
Kazakh Parents Fight For Right To Bury Son Killed In Protests
A family in a small Kazakh village are demanding that authorities hand over the body of their son after he was killed by security forces amid recent protests in the northwestern city of Aqtobe. They have been told by police that their son was a terrorist and his body will not be handed over.
September 05, 2019
The Hijab Debate Intensifies As School Starts In Kazakhstan
The start of the new school year has intensified long-standing debates over the hijab in the northwestern Kazakh city of Aqtobe, where dozens of parents are demanding that education officials allow their daughters to wear the Islamic head scarf to school.
June 15, 2012
Rare Kazakh Antelope Found Shot Dead
Dozens of dead saiga antelope were discovered this week in Kazakhstan with their horns cut off, in the latest evidence of poaching of the critically endangered animal. Conservationists warn that rampant poaching is decimating the population of saiga antelope, one of the world's rarest and most ancient mammals.