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Paul Bartlett

Kazakhstan: Tackling Taboos Through Theater

A man careers through haze as leather-coated figures give chase against a...

Rumors of The Death of Stalin's Death in Kazakhstan Exaggerated

The Death of Stalin may not be on general release in Kazakhstan,...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Revamp Tests Official Pledge on Public Dialogue

Try surfing in landlocked Uzbekistan? Or maybe check out the dolphinarium in...

Aisultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan Soccer’s Savior?

Kazakhstan’s Football Federation has a new vice president with a familiar sounding...

Kazakhstan: Reimagining the Past Through Art

Imperious khans and assorted dignitaries gaze into the distance. Meanwhile, fierce battles...

Kazakhstan Basks in Student Games Success

Kazakhstan is patting itself on the back after a successful conclusion to...

Kazakhstan Going Into Soft Power Overdrive

Kazakhstan made the front pages of international newspapers last month when it...

Kazakhstan: More Olympic Athletes Stripped of Medals

Kazakhstan’s medal haul from the 2012 London Olympics and the 2008 Beijing...

Kyrgyzstan: Olympic Weightlifter Tests Positive for … Rat Poison

Kyrgyzstan’s only medal winner thus far at the Rio Olympics, weightlifter Izzat...

Kazakhstan: Weightlifters Bounce Back in Rio, With a Little Friendly Help

Kazakhstan’s troubled weightlifters finally struck gold in Rio, with a little help...

Kazakhstan: Doping Scandal Casts Gloom Over Olympic Hopes

Discoveries of drug cheating by some of Kazakhstan’s sporting heroes have injected...

Kazakhstan: Apples Coming Home to Almaty

With tempers fraying over the vexed issue of land in Kazakhstan, some prime plots...

Kazakhstan: Head for the Hills, but Leave the Car at Home

Good news for hikers and bikers in Kazakhstan’s business hub as a...

Kazakhstan: Officials Peddle Pedal Power

City hall in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s commercial hub, is leading by example as...

Kazakhstan’s EXPO-2017: Boxer Golovkin to the Rescue

Kazakhstan’s high-profile world champion boxer, Gennady Golovkin, has been made an ambassador...

Kazakhstan: Arshavin Joins Almaty’s Foreign Legion

After weeks of speculation, Andrey Arshavin, the former Arsenal and Russia star,...

Kazakhstan: Flagship Sport Project Suffers a Strain

Kazakhstan’s flagship Astana sporting project could be on the rocks after its...

Kazakhstan: Vinokourov’s Bling Bling Bike

With the crisis biting hard in Kazakhstan, the nation’s most famous cyclist,...

Kazakhstan: Counting the Costs of Astana Sports Project

The mystery of how much cash Kazakhstan has been pumping into its...

Kazakhstan: Astana Gives Soccer Rivals the Chills

In the international soccer stakes, the capital of Kazakhstan is becoming the...

Kazakhstan: Almaty Gets Mayor for Cyber-Age

Almaty is cleaning up its act as residents have now got a...

Kazakhstan's Women Emulate Astana's Footballing Feat

Not content to sit back and let the men grab all the...

Kazakhstan's Cycling Superstar Faces Race-Fixing Probe

Kazakhstan's celebrations over FC Astana gaining its first Champions League point were...

Hearts Aching in Kazakhstan as Volleyball Starlet Moves to Japan

There is going to be a lot of broken hearts in Kazakhstan...

Kazakhstan Football Marches On in Europe

Kazakhstan's glitzy new capital has been put on Europe's football map as...

Disappointment for Almaty as Winter Olympics go to Beijing

There was disappointment in Almaty as it lost out to Beijing in...

Kazakhstan: Will Almaty Win the Winter Olympics?

The David and Goliath struggle between Almaty and Beijing to host the...

Welcome to Kazakhstan! Now Pay This Fine

Welcome to Kazakhstan! But not all of it, unless you want to...

Kazakhstan: Spotlight Homes In on Kazakhstan as Games Battle Heats Up

With international sporting events in the headlines for all the wrong reasons,...

Kazakhstan Deploys Secret Weapon in Olympics Bid: Snow

Kazakhstan's financial capital, Almaty, has deployed an obvious but credible argument in...

Attention-Hungry Kazakhstan Now Aiming To Host World Cup

There’s apparently no end to Kazakhstan's sporting ambitions....

Can Kazakhstan Contain Corruption in Its Olympics Bid?

Few Kazakhstanis were surprised when a top organizer of the 2011 Asian...

Kazakhstan: Education Reform Shelved Due to Economic Downturn

Astana's ambitious plan to add a year to its school curriculum has...

Kazakhstan: Doping Scandals Haunt Team Astana

Kazakhstan’s flagship international cycling team will have to sweat it out until...

Is Kazakhstan Bidding for the Olympics or the OlympBucks?

The question on some minds in Almaty is not if Kazakhstan’s financial...

Kazakhstan Closing In on 2022 Winter Olympics by Default

Kazakhstan's chances of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics took a turn for...

Kazakhstan’s Team Astana Grabs Tour de France Glory – and Finally Some Kisses

Kazakhstan's flagship Astana cycling team claimed victory in this year's Tour de...

Seeking Tourist Potential, Kazakh Adventurers Follow Explorer’s Footsteps

A group of scientists and academics from Kazakhstan have set off in...

Wrestlers Horsing Around in Kazakhstan

While most of the world's attention is now fixated on the World...

Central Asian Refs Head to Brazil World Cup

With no teams from Central Asia making it to the 2014 World...

Patriotism Parades in Northern Kazakhstan

Lest anyone get the wrong idea about who controls northern Kazakhstan, a...

Bearded Lady Spurs Russia to Revive Soviet-Era Song Contest

Russia’s defeat to a bearded Austrian transvestite at the annual Eurovision song...

Kazakhstan Puts a Figure on Corruption in Universities

In many post-Soviet countries, and Kazakhstan is no exception, stories abound of...

As Ukraine Splinters, Kazakhstan Mulls Criminalizing Calls for Separatism

As leaders across the former Soviet Union watch another predominantly Russian-speaking region...

Ukraine: The Game Must Go On

In Ukraine, football is not following politics. While Russia has absorbed Crimea,...

Kazakhstan: Step Aside Sochi, Here Comes Almaty 2022

Amid the cut and thrust of the sporting competition in Sochi, Kazakhstan's...

Central Asian and Caucasian States Go to Sochi

Much has changed for Central Asia and the South Caucasus since 1980,...

In Kazakhstan, New Hotline Tracks Questions About God

For Kazakhs seeking religious enlightenment, a telephone hotline is now available to...

Kazakhstan Cook Off: Chefs Play with Horse Meat

Kazakhstan is not famous as a destination for gourmets, but a few...

Kazakhstan: Official Links Punks and Emos to Suicide Epidemic

Officials in Kazakhstan are struggling to understand a wave of suicides that...

Central Asian Conservationists Spotlight Snow Leopards

Conservationists have pledged to begin coordinating efforts to save the snow leopard,...

Lights Out for Uzbekistan’s World Cup Bid

The lights went out in more ways than one in Tashkent on...

Kazakhstan Chocolate: Everyone Wants a Bite

Foreign firms are lining up to take a bite out of Kazakhstan’s...

Kazakhstan Joins European Football Elite

A football club from Karaganda in central Kazakhstan has made history by...

Kazakhstan: Pedal Power Meets the Sun

Kazakhstan has found a novel way to combine two of its passions...

Kazakhstan: Christian Pastor Arrested for “Praying and Singing”

Authorities in Kazakhstan are again undermining religious freedom with the detention of...

Kazakhstan: Shopping Takes Inspiration Straight out of Moscow

Spoilt for choice with shopping malls mushrooming all around them, Almaty's shopaholics...

Kazakhstan: Astana Mulls Stricter Regulations for Gambling Industry

Kazakhstan may have already moved its casinos into two Las Vegas-style enclaves,...

Escaped Tropical Reptiles Visit Central Kazakhstan

In terms of fauna, Kazakhstan is commonly associated with horses galloping across...

Central Asia’s Olympic Bill

With the dust now settling on the London Olympics, Kazakhstan has emerged...

Mongolia: Racing in the Hoof Steps of Genghis Khan

When Genghis Khan’s army emerged from the Mongolian steppe back in the...

Olympics: Kazakhstan’s London Gold Rush

Team Kazakhstan hasn’t bothered with anything but gold at the London Olympics,...

Central Asia's Mixed Olympic Fortunes

The London Olympics have offered mixed successes for Central Asia in their...

Central Asia Brings Back the Sugary Taste of Communism

A family of Soviet-era soft drinks has suddenly reappeared this summer to...

Uzbekistan: Back to the USSR?

In Uzbekistan, it’s sometimes like the Soviet Union never really went away. ...

Uzbekistan: The Colonel’s Double Debuts in Tashkent

A little bit of Kentucky has landed in Central Asia’s largest city....

Kazakhstan: Falcons Coming Home to Roost

Falcon populations in Kazakhstan are about to get a welcome boost. A...

“Thank you, Borat!” Love, Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan appear to have finally found a sense of humor....

Kazakhstan: Astana's Sticky Crime Problem

On the heels of a police operation to clean up Kazakhstan's capital,...

Kazakhstan: Astana Confronts Dirty Driving

Traffic police in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, have launched a campaign sure to...

Kazakhstan: Cambridge Distances Itself from Brand Nazarbayev

Cambridge University has gotten a little too close for comfort to Kazakhstan's...

Kazakhstan Mulls Introducing Fake Headless Goats into National Sport

The days of Kazakhstan's national sport kokpar being a wild free-for-all with...

Kazakhstan: Elite Schools May Limit Opportunities

Under President Nursultan Nazarbayev's leadership, Astana is pumping millions of dollars into...

Kazakhstan Bank Boss Mooted as DSK Replacement

Grigoriy Marchenko, chief of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, has emerged as...

Kazakhstan: Almaty Showcases Fresh Film Talent

Up-and-coming movie directors will be in the spotlight this week as Almaty...

Kazakhstan: Promise Fulfilled?

Astana's relentless positive PR barrage continues in the aftermath of this month's...