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Kazakh Fashion Crushes Stereotypes

By Michelle Witte

While it’s true that all models are beautiful, the public often makes other assumptions about the svelte creatures in front of the fashion cameras that just aren’t true. And one Kazakh model is out to not only achieve success on the world’s catwalks, but to break stereotypes while doing it. “Many think that to work

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Berik Aitzhanov: Kazakhstan’s Down-To-Earth Film Star

By Michelle Witte

Berik Aitzhanov has the chiseled features and ethnic good looks you would expect of one of Kazakhstan’s most popular film stars. He is also currently appearing in one of the largest and most internationally recognized films in the history of the young country, Zhauzhurek Myn Bala. But this 33-year old actor who grew up in

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Getting Wet: Watersports in the World’s Largest Landlocked Country

By Michelle Witte

Kazakhstan is known for many things. It has a vast ancient steppe that stretches nearly the size of Western Europe. It has a new capital designed by the world’s greatest architects. It is also the world’s ninth largest country and the planet’s biggest landlocked nation. What it is not known for, however, – and logically

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Nation Prepares for Gold: Kazakh Athletes Head to London

By Alex Walters

The pressure on Talgat Ermegiyaev is nearly as great as that on Kazakhstan’s Olympic athletes. The dynamic former Culture and Sports Minister this year accepted the chairmanship of the Kazakh Sport and Physical Culture Agency. His mission? To assemble a well-trained team of top athletes to bring home medals from the Summer Olympic Games in

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Kazakh Wines: “Sun in a Glass”

By Colin Berlyne

Kazakhs love their wine, and they have been drinking it for more than 1,300 years. However, the modern winemaking industry in Kazakhstan is surprisingly young. The earliest modern day experiments took place on collective farms in the Almaty, Shymkent and Taraz regions in the 1930s. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin had begun deporting hundreds of thousands

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