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Aktan Rysaliev

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

Kyrgyzstan Accuses Kazakhstan of Political Meddling

Kyrgyzstan is brimming with indignation at what it perceives as the meddling...

Kazakhstan: Children in Hijabs Barred From Schools

The management of educational affairs in the town of Zhanaozen, in western...

Kazakhstan Takes Decisive Step Toward Adopting the Latin Alphabet

Kazakhstan’s long-awaited transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet may be...

Kazakhstan: Astana Sees Battle Among Local, Indian Workers

A massive brawl broke out in the capital of Kazakhstan late on...

Kazakhstan: Middle Schools Start Teaching in English

As of September, 33 middle schools in Kazakhstan’s largest city will start...

Kazakhstan: Banking System Undermined by Expensive Credit

Kazakhstan’s banking sector is having trouble finding that light at the end...

Kazakhstan: Research Reveals Chronic Shortfall in Housing Supply

Over the past three years, the volume of real estate construction in...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be...

Kazakhstan: Deadly Border Incident Pinned on Smugglers

A deadly shooting on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan has provided...

Kazakhstan: Repentant Activist Gets 2 Years Limited Freedom

A civic rights activist in Kazakhstan who once led the charge for...

Kazakhstan: Jailed Businessman’s Wife Makes Torture Claims

The wife of a businessman arrested in Kazakhstan on suspicion of heading...

Kazakhstan: Moody’s Improves Prognosis for Economy

The era of economic doom and gloom may be coming to a...

Kazakhstan: Almaty’s Motorists Feeling a Parking Pinch

When residents of an apartment block in a leafy area of Almaty,...

Kazakhstan Set to Drift Away from OPEC Deal

Kazakhstan is, as expected, bracing to drift away from its role in...

Kazakhstan: Astana Airport Named After Nazarbayev

In an inevitable development, the government of Kazakhstan has decided to name...

Kazakhstan: EXPO Draws Critics, and EXPOs Misfires Back

The EXPO-2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan’s latest glitzy and expensive attempt to showcase...

Kazakhstan’s Tuleshov 2.0: Another Businessman Accused of Heading Criminal Gang

Officials with the security services and Interior Ministry in Kazakhstan this week...

Kazakhstan: Banks Cutting Financing for Construction Sector

Banks in Kazakhstan are cutting back on lending to the construction sector...

Kazakhstan: Oil Output to Go Up Despite OPEC Pledges

Kazakhstan’s energy officials are continuing to officially confirm to the public what...

Kazakhstan: Global Retailer Leader Carrefour Down and Out

When giant French retailer Carrefour arrived in Kazakhstan, it was deemed an...

Kazakhstan: Law on Religious Clothing in the Works

The government in Kazakhstan looks set to intensify its war on what...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously...

Kazakhstan: Pension Funds Lost in Azerbaijan Venture

Kazakhstan’s beleaguered state pensions fund has found itself the target of a...

Kazakhstan: Journalist, Media Rights Activist Stabbed

The head of a media rights group in Kazakhstan has been stabbed...

Kazakhstan: Flooding Sparks Complaints, Finger-Pointing

An especially harrowing season of flooding in Kazakhstan has displaced thousands and...

Kazakhstan: Rainy Season Causes Major Floods

Areas of northern and central Kazakhstan has been hit by intense floods...

Kazakhstan: President Calls for Switch to Latin Alphabet by 2025

The president of Kazakhstan published an article in a state newspaper on...

Kazakhstan: MPs Pay Rise Causes a Stink

News that Kazakhstan’s parliamentarians have been given bumper pay rises of up...

Kazakhstan: Russian Provocateur’s Visit Causes Outrage

The recent visit to Kazakhstan by a notoriously provocative and pro-government TV...

Kazakhstan’s Space Industry Gets Jitters After Satellite Glitch

On March 31, at 08:22 local time, Kazakhstan lost contact with its...

Kazakhstan: State Workers Made to Buy Expo-2017 Tickets

Teachers in Kazakhstan have reportedly complained that their bosses are forcing them...

Kazakhstan: Another Year, More Misery From Eurasian Union

The major devaluation of its national currency notwithstanding, Kazakhstan reported a 23.5...

Kyrgyzstan: Former Newspaper Owner Threatened With Arrest

The former owner of Kyrgyzstan’s largest newspaper — which has tacked away...

Kazakhstan: Education Reforms Assailed by Patriotic Camp

Kazakhstan’s government knew what it was getting when Yerlan Sagadiyev was appointed...

Kazakhstan: Once Again, Land Issues Generate Grumbling

Barely a week passes in Kazakhstan without the authorities somehow creating a...

Kazakhstan: Constitution Reforms to Be Reviewed in Parliament

Following the formal end of national discussions in Kazakhstan on constitutional reforms...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Resurrect Costly Mausoleum Project

In the teeth of opposition from the public, the government in Kazakhstan...

Kyrgyzstan: President's Remarks Ruffle Feathers in Kazakhstan

Unguarded comments made by Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev in remarks to Euronews...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Set to Boost Corruption-Busting Role

Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee, or KNB, is set to receive more powers....

Kazakhstan: Editor of Tribuna Newspaper Detained for Money-Laundering

Anti-corruption officials on February 10 detained the editor of one of Kazakhstan’s...

Suicide Group Panic Spreads to Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan have responded to the moral panic about the widely...

Kazakhstan: Trial Drives Accused to Self-Immolation

Self-immolation has in recent times become a recurrent gesture of ultimate despair...

Kazakhstan: Celebrity Embroiled in Language Row

A famous actor and entertainment producer in Kazakhstan has waded into a...

Kazakhstan: Unregistered Phones to Be Blocked in Anti-Terrorism Ruse

Under a newly approved law, authorities in Kazakhstan will from this summer...

Kazakhstan: Editor Gets Suspended Sentence

The editor a prominent newspaper has received a suspended five-year jail term...

Kyrgyzstan: Brawl Breaks out on Tajikistan Border

A brawl broke out in a contested section of the border between...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Get Sweeping Communications Blocking Powers

Authorities in Kazakhstan are stepping up efforts to tighten control on information...

Kazakhstan Cracks Down on Anonymous Internet Comments

The government in Kazakhstan plans to force internet users to register on...

Kazakhstan: Registration Law Claiming Lives

Anger is mounting in Kazakhstan at a strict new residency registration law...

Kazakhstan: Ex-Deputy Presidential Administration Chief Arrested

A crusade in Kazakhstan against the leaking of state secrets has claimed...

Kazakhstan: China-Focused Dating Agency Sparks Anger

A curious advertisement popped up on Facebook a few days, appealing to...

Kazakhstan: Jailed Editor Confesses to Fraud

The lawyer for a prominent journalist arrested last year on charges of...

Kazakhstan: Former Economy Minister Detained in Corruption Probe

Anti-corruption investigators have reportedly detained recently dismissed National Economy Minister Kuandyk Bishimbayev...

Kazakhstan: Registration Law Sparks Widespread Indignation

Kazakhstan has adopted a law requiring citizens traveling within the country to...

Kyrgyzstan: Political Mystery Lingering Into Election Year

As Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev enters his last year in office, mystery...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Waging War on Extremists

Kazakhstan’s security services say they have rounded up 33 members of a...

Kazakhstan: Fake State TV Interview Claims Newsreader Job

A state-controlled TV channel in Kazakhstan has waded into a fresh scandal...

Kazakhstan: Self-Immolation Death Renews Debate on Justice System

On the morning of December 14, a 48-year old woman in Astana,...

Kazakhstan: Foreign TV Forced to Register In-Country

Starting from next year, international television stations wishing to broadcast in Kazakhstan...

Kazakhstan: Section of Central EXPO-2017 Building Collapses

A section of a building bang in the center of the EXPO-2017...

Kazakhstan Introducing Compulsory Fingerprinting Program

Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry has said it plans to create a national fingerprint...

Kazakhstan: Prominent Newspaper Editor Detained in State Order Probe

Kazakhstan’s anticorruption agency says it has detained the chief editor of the...

Fashionista Kidnapping Case Shocks Kazakhstan

An internationally celebrated fashionista in Kazakhstan has been sentenced to seven years...

Kazakhstan: Movies Going Kazakh, But Distributors and Audiences Resist

When Kazakh speakers went to the movies last year to catch up...

Kazakhstan: Film Director’s Standoff With Minister Ends in Arrest

A standoff between a filmmaker and a minister in Kazakhstan has culminated...

Kazakhstan: Culture Minister Faces Sexual Harassment Accusations

Kazakhstan’s Culture Minister caused a diplomatic row with Kyrgyzstan earlier this year...

Kazakhstan: Qatari Emir Falcon Death Creates Diplomatic Stir

Middle Eastern royalty are not an uncommon sight in Central Asia, which...

Kyrgyzstan: Personalized Plate Sales Shock Hard-Up Nation

A state auction of personalized car license plates in Kyrgyzstan caused astonishment...

Kazakhstan: City Scrambles to Clean Up Its Act for President's Visit

It has been 25 years since the Soviet Union collapsed, but some...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe’s No. 1 Mosque Leaves Employees Unpaid

A shocking outbreak of violence in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe...

Kazakhstan: Is Shymkent Tycoon a Coup Plotter or Fall Guy?

A military court in Kazakhstan last week began hearings behind closed doors...

Kazakhstan's Almaty: 1,000-Year Old City, or PR Stunt?

Authorities in Kazakhstan have declared that Almaty, which was the capital until...

Kazakhstan: Rearranging Chairs on the Ship Astana

The latest shakeup of the government by Kazakhstan’s president looks seismic at...

Kyrgyzstan: Day of Mourning for Kyrgyz Killed in Moscow Blaze

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan declared August 29 a day of mourning for 14...

Kazakhstan: Wrecking Ball Hits Independent Press Center

Local authorities in Kazakhstan’s business capital, Almaty, have begun demolition work on...

Kazakhstan: Making a Tentative Foray Into Digital Money

With confidence in Kazakhstan’s national currency at an all-time low, some see...

Kyrgyzstan: Kazakhstan Hikes Internet Transit Fees

Starting from August 1, internet service providers in Kazakhstan have reportedly massively...

Kazakhstan: PM’s Hashtag PR Campaign Backfires

After a lengthy hiatus, Kazakhstan’s prime minister returned to his Twitter account...

Kyrgyzstan: Startup Bringing Fast Internet Connections to Rural Areas

Where big communications companies have fallen short in spreading the reach of...

Kazakhstan Seeks Taxes From Google, Apple

Kazakhstan has become the latest country to demand tax revenues from technology...

Kazakhstan: Authorities See (Legal) Economic High in Cannabis

Dariga Nazarbayeva, Kazakhstan’s deputy prime minister and the eldest daughter of the...

Kazakhstan: Zhanaozen Strikes Point to Oil Sector Unease

Around 200 oil laborers in the western Kazakhstan city of Zhanozen mounted...

Kazakhstan: National Currency Takes to Sliding Again

Kazakhstan’s national currency has taken a fresh tumble this week, provoking a...

Kazakhstan: Celebrity Beating Puts Spotlight on Issue of Domestic Violence

Pop music producer and actress Bayan Yessentayeva may not be the most...

Central Asian Visions of IT Boom Look Distant

Social media websites and messenger services have fast become a ubiquitous fixture...

Kazakhstan: Banks Deny Loans to Disabled Customers

Being hard of hearing in Kazakhstan is enough in at least one...

Kazakhstan: Metals Spill Into River Sowing Alarm

An accident at a metals mining-and-processing complex in a northern Kazakhstan town...

Kazakhstan: State TV Hatchet Job Sparks Indignation

A partly Russian-owned television station controlled by Kazakhstan’s government has waded into...

Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View

Kyrgyzstan has become the first country in Central Asia to get Google...

Kazakhstan: Tiger Death Casts Doubt Over Zoo’s Future

A zoo in Kazakhstan’s business capital, Almaty, is facing mounting criticism about...

Kazakhstan: Do State Subsidies Help or Hurt Media Market?

A government program in Kazakhstan intended to generate good news has produced...

Kazakhstan: Chemical Castration Introduced for Pedophiles

Kazakhstan has approved chemical castration as a form of punishment for people...

Kazakhstan: Auto Industry Creaking Under Weight of Crisis

As Kazakhstan’s economic muddle continues apace, the production and sale of new...

Kazakhstan: Demand Surges for Ye Olde Cellphones After Smartphone Ban

Demand for old-fashioned mobile phones has surged in Kazakhstan following a recent...

Kazakhstan: Mobile Tariff Shenanigans Spark Anger

While it is often noted that the citizens of Kazakhstan are averse...