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Open, Stable and Looking to Future – What World Needs to Know about Oil-Rich Kazakhstan

By Dmitry Lee

Kazakhstan, the biggest country you know nothing or little about, has been in the news recently for a grab bag of reasons: indomitable boxing champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin; gold medal Olympic upsets by its athletes; a massive, $37 billion investment in just one of its huge oil fields; and, in June, the country’s sad taste

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Modern Subcultures Evolve in Great Steppe

By Kamila Zhumabayeva

This writer used to wear bracelets and outfits that supposedly expressed being a hard rock or heavy metal fan. Owning a heavy ironman’s belt showed tribute and admiration of hard rock music and culture that once seemed so daring and cool. My genuine love of rock, alternative and indie rock music started with the American

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The Family Financial Crisis: How Kazakh Households are Fighting a Global Slowdown

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The devaluation of the national currency, the tenge, hurt many families in Kazakhstan. To deal with the devaluation, many people have overhauled their family budgets, a process now often discussed when family and friends meet over tea or beer. People are full of advice on how to save money, or when and how to get

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Balkhash: Father or Natural Phenomenon

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

An ancient Kazakh legend says a rich man named Balkhash had a daughter – beautiful Ili. Once, he held a feast and promised to give her to the winner of the groom contest as a wife. Ili, however, loved a shepherd, Karatal, and helped him win. When Balkhash chose not to give Ili to Karatal,

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Ancient Kazakh Geoglyphs – New Traveller Attraction

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

In 2007, Kazakh economist and archaeology enthusiast Dmitriy Dey watched the documentary “Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs” on the Discovery Channel. The film noted pyramids exist throughout the world, which made him think about the pyramids in Kazakhstan. The enthusiast was soon using Google Earth to search images of the Kostanai region and view its pyramids.

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