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Kyrgyzstan is brimming with indignation at what it perceives as the meddling of neighboring Kazakhstan in its upcoming presidential election.   On September 19, the office of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced he had met for...
The management of educational affairs in the town of Zhanaozen, in western Kazakhstan, plans to sue the parents of 60 pupils. Girls are unable to attend classes because they wear Islamic dress in violation of the school rules, RFE/RL’s Kazakhstan...
A massive brawl broke out in the capital of Kazakhstan late on September 2, provoking a fleeting diplomatic scandal.   It all reportedly began when Indian laborers hired to build the high-rise Abu Dhabi Plaza went on a drinking spree, seizing...
As of September, 33 middle schools in Kazakhstan’s largest city will start teaching some of the main subjects on the curriculum in English. The pilot project to bring in trilingual education — in Kazakh, Russian and English — is the brainchild of...
Over the past three years, the volume of real estate construction in Kazakhstan has expanded by 40 percent, and yet vast amounts of people continue to see owning their own homes as a distant dream. Economic research unit Ratings.kz revealed in a...
Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be nice to brighten up the look of the place. So about a month ago, municipal workers painted the balconies on an otherwise dreary apartment block in the colors of the rainbow. And...
A deadly shooting on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan has provided a grim illustration of the limitations in the free circulation of people and trade between the two nations despite the optimistic forecasts of those championing the...
A civic rights activist in Kazakhstan who once led the charge for political change has been sentenced to two years of limited freedom, marking the culmination of her downfall.  A court in Almaty’s Almaly district this week ruled to find 39-year...
The wife of a businessman arrested in Kazakhstan on suspicion of heading a criminal racketeering gang is crying foul with allegations that security service agents are torturing her spouse. But Murathan Tokmadi, who runs a major glass-making factory...
The era of economic doom and gloom may be coming to a close in Kazakhstan — at least that’s the assessment of international ratings groups like Moody’s. Moody’s earlier this week raised Kazakhstan’s sovereign rating to Baa3 and improved its...