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The First Soviet Nuclear Blast Pride Turns To Tragedy 70 Years Later

August 29, 2019           |                                       

August 29 marks the day that the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear explosion in 1949. Seventy years later, the four decades of tests at the Semipalatinsk site in Kazakhstan are seen as a tragedy in the now-independent country. People living nearby say the effects of the blasts are still being felt.

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EU's Tusk Continues Central Asian Tour With Kazakh Talks

May 31, 2019           |                                       

NUR-SULTAN — European Council President Donald Tusk has continued his Central Asian tour with a visit to Kazakhstan, where he held talks with interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev. Toqaev said at the May 31 talks that his country will continue its “course toward a comprehensive and constructive partnership with the European Union,” according to the Kazakh […]

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Soviet-Era Rock Star's Monument In Almaty Used To Express Protest

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Unidentified persons have attached a bilingual cardboard sign to the statue of Soviet-era rock star Viktor Tsoi in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, in an apparent gesture of protest ahead of a snap presidential election. The sign, reading “Changes” in Russian and “Kazakh spring” in Kazakh, was spotted attached to the statue’s right hand early on […]

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Kazakh Police Beat Protesters Amid Calls For Boycott Of Presidential Vote

May 1, 2019           |                                       

Police in Kazakhstan beat protesters with clubs in the capital, Nur-Sultan, as antigovernment demonstrations across the country on May 1 called for a boycott of the upcoming Kazakh presidential election. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/kazakh-police-beat-protesters/29914505.html

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Bus Crash Kills At Least 11 People In Kazakhstan

April 20, 2019           |                                       

At least 11 people have been killed and some 30 others injured in a bus crash in southern Kazakhstan, on a route used by Central Asian migrants to travel to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry says. The accident occurred on the Almaty-Tashkent highway in the Kordai district of the southern province of Zhambyl in the […]

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Kazakh Prosecutors Seek 12-Year Prison Sentence For Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker

April 3, 2019           |                                       

BISHKEK — Kazakh prosecutors have asked a court in Almaty to convict former Kyrgyz lawmaker Damirbek Asylbek-Uulu of smuggling and sentence him to 12 years in prison. At a hearing on April 3, prosecutors also called for a 15-year prison sentence for defendant Esbol Zhappasov, a Kazakh citizen, and prison terms ranging from seven to […]

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Thirteen Killed In Crash Of Military Helicopter In Kazakhstan

March 27, 2019           |                                       

A Kazakh military helicopter has crashed on a training flight, killing all 13 people on board, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the helicopter went down on March 27 in the Zhalagash region in southern Kazakhstan, east of the Aral Sea. The Mi-8 helicopter was part of a group of aircraft flying from Aktau […]

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It's Official: Kazakh Capital Now Called Nur-Sultan

March 23, 2019           |                                       

Interim Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev has signed a decree to rename the capital Astana after former President Nursultan Nazarbaev who stepped down abruptly earlier in the week. The signed decree to rename the city Nur-Sultan was published on the official Kazakh presidential website on March 23. Toqaev, who will serve as interim president until presidential […]

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Footage from the oil town of Zhanozen, where in December 2011 police broke a seven-month long strike by oil workers. Police killed 14 people in the process, injuring and torturing many others. On the brighter side, Nazarbayev presided over a relatively successful plan of economic modernisation, defined by the simultaneous emergence of a sizeable middle-class […]

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Nazarbaev's Daughter Darigha Elected Speaker Of Kazakh Senate, As Toqaev Takes Over As President

March 20, 2019           |                                       

Darigha Nazarbaeva, the eldest daughter of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has been elected speaker of Kazakhstan’s upper parliament house, the Senate. Nazarbaeva, 55, was chosen in a unanimous vote by Senate members on March 20, a day after her father announced his resignation following nearly 30 years in office. In accordance with the Central Asian […]

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Explainer: Kazakh President Nazarbaev Resigns, But Is He Really Leaving?

March 19, 2019           |                                       

Having ruled Kazakhstan with an authoritarian grip since the 1980s, President Nursultan Nazarbaev shocked many when he unexpectedly announced his resignation on March 19. “This year marks the 30th anniversary of my term as the supreme leader of our country,” Nazarbaev said during a hastily arranged nationwide address. “[But] I have made the difficult decision […]

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Croatian Journalists Rally Against Censorship

March 2, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — BTA Bank, the financial institution that was once Kazakhstan’s largest bank and is now at the center of a multinational legal fight, has confirmed it hired U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer to help recover assets that were allegedly laundered in the United States. The confirmation came after Michael Cohen’s surprise revelation, made […]

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Turkey Says Talks To Buy U.S. Patriot Missiles Continue, Despite Spat Over Russian System

March 1, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — BTA Bank, the financial institution that was once Kazakhstan’s largest bank and is now at the center of a multinational legal fight, has confirmed it hired U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer to help recover assets that were allegedly laundered in the United States. The confirmation came after Michael Cohen’s surprise revelation, made […]

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Kazakh Bank Confirms It Hired Trump's Longtime Lawyer In Fight Over BTA Bank Assets

February 28, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — BTA Bank, the financial institution that was once Kazakhstan’s largest and is now at the center of a multinational legal fight, confirmed it hired President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer to help recover assets that were allegedly laundered in the United States. The confirmation came after Michael Cohen’s surprise revelation, made during daylong testimony […]

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Police Detain Antigovernment Protesters Outside Kazakh Ruling Party Headquarters

February 27, 2019           |                                       

ASTANA — Police detained several protesters who demonstrated outside the headquarters of authoritarian President Nursultan Nazarbaev’s ruling party in Kazakhstan’s two main cities, the latest in a series of antigovernment rallies in the Central Asian country. Some of the dozens of protesters called for Nazarbaev’s resignation during the rallies on February 27 in front of […]

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