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Kazakh Cosmonaut Chases Dream of Space Exploration

By Michael Jacobsen

Some children want to grow up to be firemen or architects or even the president. Not Aidyn Aimbetov. He knew from the earliest age that what he wanted to do when he grew up was go into space. In fact the 39-year old graduate of Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut training program remembers the very day when he

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Building Business Culture: Kazakhstan’s Independent Generation

By Colin Berlyne

After three quarters of a century under the confines of Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has created a thriving business and entrepreneurial environment in its 20 years of national independence. And the first generation of Kazakhs to come of age in that environment is seizing the opportunity to start their own companies and create their own capitalist

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Kazakh Climber Scales World’s Highest Peaks

By Alex Walters

Kazakh climber Denis Urubko had faced the great peak of Gasherbrum II in the Karakorum Range of the Himalayas before. But Kazakhstan’s greatest climber had never faced it as he did in 2011. It was then that Urubko, and two other climbers, American Cory Richards and Italian Simone Moro, completed the first winter ascent of

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Hockey in Kazakhstan: Passion and Success

By Michael Jacobsen and Colin Berlyne

There’s something about being a huge, continental-sized country with long, cold winters that creates a passion for ice-hockey. It happened in Canada, the United States and Russia – and Kazakhstan is no exception. “The kids see us and want to be like us,” professional hockey player and Kazakhstan National Team member Talgat Zhailauov, 26, told

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Kazakhstan: The Next Place for Undiscovered Adventure

By Michelle Witte

With Google, Bing and all the information in the world just an LED screen away, undiscovered adventure have become increasingly hard to find. Hanging out in Prague was passé by 1993. Everyone has already hiked Machu Picchu and you backpacked around Asia years ago after graduating college. So where is the next place you can

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