By Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia Researcher at Human Rights Watch
Kazakhstan’s EXPO 2017, an international exposition featuring the theme of “future energy,” opened with much fanfare on June 9 in Astana, the country’s capital.
The large spherical building that houses Kazakhstan’s national pavilion, the “Nur Alem,” was the centerpiece of the event’s opening ceremonies, which included an impressive display of fireworks and a laser light show. No doubt, the glittering reflective glass of the building will continue to wow the three million visitors the government anticipates between now and September, along with the various state pavilions which opened to the public on Saturday, June 10.
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