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Vegetarian lifestyle in Kazakhstan: paradox or trend?

By Assel Satubaldina

In recent years, vegetarianism has been growing in numbers worldwide. Though reliable data is lacking on the number of vegetarians around the globe, the trend is there with far-reaching impact. Plant-based diets are also becoming more common in Kazakhstan. In a country where people are predominantly meat-eaters and recently ranked tenth in terms of beef consumption

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Bukhtarma – accidentally created holiday spot

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The long, Z-shaped Bukhtarma Reservoir was created in the 1960s by damming the Irtysh River east of Ust-Kamenogorsk. While the main purpose was to provide energy for a 675-megawatt hydropower electric station, the reservoir has become a very popular holiday spot for locals who like fishing in its waters or sunbathing and grilling meat on its

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Kazakhstan’s path to digital transformation, while bumpy, should lead to dramatic change

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Digital technology plays an increasingly important role in today’s world, as more than 51 percent of the global population has access to the Internet. In 2015, the International Telecommunication Union estimated approximately 3.2 billion people, or almost half of the world’s population, have access to the web. Approximately two billion are from developing countries. (photo top

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International students say they appreciate studies, life in Kazakhstan

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

The Kazakh capital has become home for thousands of foreign students – and even the cold climate is not an obstacle. Most importantly, the young people enjoy Astana’s safe and busy life while gaining valuable intercultural experience. Approximately 14,000 foreign students study in 100 universities nationwide, a figure expected to rise to 50,000 by 2020,

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Businesswomen in Kazakhstan: opportunities and challenges they face

By Meruyert Abugaliyeva

Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan has traditionally been considered a man’s realm; more and more Kazakh women turn to business, however, as a source of income or even sometimes a hobby. According to the latest statistical data, women in Kazakhstan run more than 50 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and approximately 66 percent of sole

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Kazakh alphabet: past, present and future

By Dana Omirgazy

Language is possibly the main wealth for the people of any nation. Its origin is one of the most challenging topics in modern linguistics. The history of Kazakh language graphics has deep roots. The writings of the Central Asian people and the origin of the Kazakh language itself arose in the early Middle Ages, according

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National support strong for Kazakh Olympic team

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

As Kazakhstan seeks to win its first medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter games with a bronze in the individual moguls, 45 other athletes on the Kazakh Olympic team are aiming for success in nine events. (pictured top left: Kazakh speed skater and Olympic Flag Bearer Abzal Azhgaliyev) Overall, Kazakhstan has 57 licenses in these

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Astana International Financial Center Helps Open a Young Country to the Financial World

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Kazakhstan – huge, landlocked, remote – has nonetheless been working steadily over the decades to build connections, be they physical ones like the Western Europe-Western China highway, or political ones, like helping mediate the complex conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and beyond. Now, the country has launched an ambitious, new, technology-driven network: the Astana International Financial

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Kazakhstan 2017: Maintaining today’s stability, tomorrow’s security

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

This has been an eventful year for Kazakhstan. The country began its duties as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), welcomed 115 states and 22 global organizations to the three-month long EXPO 2017 and hosted the first Islamic summit dedicated to science and technology. From the de-escalation zones in Syria agreed upon in

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Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament efforts advance, as ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Assel Satubaldina

If you think of a country with a vast experience in nuclear non-proliferation, Kazakhstan will certainly be on the list. The Central Asian nation, with a territory nearly the size of Western Europe and a population of 18 million, voluntarily dismantled its nuclear arsenal that it had inherited following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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