Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is fond of vaunting tolerance and ethnic harmony as among his country’s greatest achievements -- but it seems that for some of his citizens tolerance does not extend to foreigners.
One concerned “patriot” has approached Nazarbayev’s right-hand man, Prime Minister Karim Masimov, to urge punishment for any citizen found committing the foul deed of marrying a foreigner.
“As a patriot of my country, I am concerned for its security,” a certain Arman Turdaliyev writes on Masimov’s blog.
“Citizens of other states are seeking through all means to come to Kazakhstan and receive our citizenship,” he continues. “The most popular means is marriage to a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”
It seems, though, that Turdaliyev is not necessarily concerned about all citizens of Kazakhstan -- it is mainly “Almaty Kazakh women” who are falling for this trick, out of “financial considerations.”
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