The glittery city of Astana celebrates its 10th year as capital of the Central Asian country headed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev - the country's first and only leader following its independence from the Soviet Union. In honor of his almost 20 years of leadership, Nazarbayev has been immortalized in museums, music, art and theater.
Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia and David Trilling is the Central Asia news editor for Eurasianet.
Joanna Lillis is a journalist based in Almaty and author of Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan.
David Trilling is Eurasianet’s managing editor.