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Kazakhstan News



June 9 2019

Dozens Detained In Kazakhstan As Nazarbaev's Chosen Successor Set To Win Presidential Election    

Police in Kazakhstan have detained dozens of protesters as the country holds a snap presidential election, with the chosen successor of authoritarian ex-President Nursultan Nazarbaev expected to win easily, reports RFE/RL's Kazakh Service.


Kazakhstan piles pressure on activists ahead of election The interim president, meanwhile, claims he wants public dialogue.  

Authorities in Kazakhstan are escalating the pressure on their perceived foes just as the country prepares to go to the polls on June 9 to confirm its interim president, reports Eurasianet. Some activists have had their apartments subjected to aggressive snap raids, others are being summoned for questioning by law enforcement. In a couple of cases, protestors have been suddenly called up for military service.


May 3 2019

Smooth Transition: New Kazakh Leader Pushes Photoshopped Pictures  

Kazakhstan's interim president, Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev, may be finding life in the spotlight a little too harsh since the surprise resignation of longtime President Nursultan Nazarbaev in March, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.


May 1 2019

Protests are held in Almaty and the capital Nur-Sultan  

Speeches are held in the Central Park of Almaty and near the building of the former congress hall in Nur-Sultan. Participants call for boycotting the presidential elections scheduled for June 9 - the first after the resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who continuously led Kazakhstan for almost three decades, reports Azattyk.


April 8 2019

New Chairperson of the Board of AEO NIS appointed  

By a decision of the Board of Trustees of AEO Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, Svetlana Ispussinova has been appointed the Chairperson of the Board of NIS, reports Kazinorm.


April 1 2019

Air Astana transfers Istanbul flights to new airport

Air Astana will transfer all Istanbul flights to the city’s new airport with effect from 7th April 2019. The operational move from Istanbul’s existing Ataturk Airport will result in the cancellation of the following flights.


February 17 2019

Kostanay policemen presented awards for refusing bribe

The extended meeting of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption Department for Kostanay Region presented for the first time the Adal Zurek breastplates, established by the Kostanay Adladyk Alany (Kostanay Fairness Platform) project office, Kazinform reports citing the departments press service.


January 25 2019

World Trade Center to be buit in Astana

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has met today with Rolf Draak, a Board Member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA), and Mehran Eftekhar, Group Finance and Corporate Services Director at Nest Investments Holdings, Kazinform cites the press service of Akorda.


January 22 2019

Kazakhstan to continue evacuating its nationals from Syria

The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant authorities will continue the humanitarian operation on evacuating Kazakhstani nationals from Syria, Kazinform reports. ‘The operation conducted on January 6, 2019  focused primarily on children aged from 1 to 5. Majority of them was born in the Syrian territory. 


January 18 2019

​Kazakh Scientists to Develop Unique Medicine

An innovative product, medicine based on mare's milk, has been developed in Kazakhstan, reports Kazakh TV. Scientists say that the mare’s milk has a range of applications. The medicine strengthens the immune system, normalizes balance of microflora and improves digestion. In addition, it is effective for treating obesity and diabetes. 


Two men jailed for murder of Kazakh Olympic skating medalist Denis Ten

Two men were jailed for 18 years in Kazakhstan on Thursday for the murder of Denis Ten, the country’s first Olympic figure skating medalist, Reuters reports. Ten, 25, was stabbed in Almaty in July as he struggled with two men he had caught trying to steal the mirrors on his car, police said.


Private helicopter crashes in Almaty

A private helicopter has crashed today in the territory of Alatau health center in Almaty, reports Kazinform. The Emergency Situations Committee of the Kazakh Interior Ministry confirmed the information. 


January 16 2019

Abnormally warm weather predicted in Kazakhstan Jan 17-19

Abnormally warm weather is forecast for Kazakhstan in the three days coming, Kazinform reports referring to Kazhydromet.


Kazakhstan’s population reaches 18.37 million.

According to the Statistics Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy Kazakhstan's population reached 18,376,200 people, increasing by 238.9 thousand people, or 1.3%, year on year, Kazinform reports.


January 15 2019

​Uzbekistan tops ranking of diet-related heart disease deaths, while Kazakhstan is in top 10 countries with poorest diets

The countries in Europe where most people die because they eat too much salt and not enough vegetables have been named and shame, reports Tashkent Times.Unhealthy eating is deadliest in Uzbekistan, while Spain and Israel are at the bottom of the table.


February 29 2016

Cannabis Might be Legalized in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan companies spend annually 100 million US dollars to import office paper. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan has an opportunity to make paper for itself. But, for this consumption, cannabis (non-narcotic) have to be legalized.


​Washington teens killed in shooting were adopted in Kazakhstan: Ombudsman

Washington teens shot to death together with their mom were indeed adopted in Kazakhstan, the Institute of Ombudsman of Kazakhstan confirmed.


Kazakhstan checking whether teens killed in Washington shooting were adopted in Kazakhstan

Kazakh diplomats continue to verify information on the teen victims of the recent shooting in the US state of Washington, that could have been adopted in Kazakhstan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Zhaynakov said Sunday.


Former Arsenal star Arshavin moving to Kazakhstan

Former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin is extending his playing career in Kazakhstan.


February 25 2016

First McDonald’s to open in Kazakhstan

The first branches of fast food chain McDonald's are set to open in Kazakhstan.


​Kazakhstan To See Petrol Prices Rocket Again This Year

Experts predict a resumption of growth in gasoline prices in Kazakhstan in April 2016, which is associated with a deficit of raw materials for petrol production in the republic and the rise in price of imported Russian fuel. According to Sergei Smirnov, an oil and gas market analyst, several factors can cause the rise of prices. First and foremost, it is reduction of the export duty, which allows for more profitably delivery of oil abroad in comparison with its processing at Kazakh refineries.


Home arrest sanctioned for Seitkazy Matayev

Home arrest has been sanctioned for Seitkazy Matayev, chairman of the Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan, said a reporter from the court's room.


February 24 2016

​Egyptian President to visit Kazakhstan on February 26

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev will meet with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on February 26.


Kazakhstan To Resume Flights To Egypt In March

Kazakhstan plans to resume direct passenger flights to Egypt in March.


Top Gear road trip to take Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc to Kazakhstan

Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans have had a drizzly first outing for Top Gear with an open-top drive to Blackpool. But we've learned there's a far-flung location on the horizon, with Kazakhstan among their upcoming destinations.