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EXPO 2017: Astana Seeks a Few Million New Friends

By Michael Jacobsen

If you were a relatively new country open for business with lots to offer but not well known to most of the world, would you want roughly 5 million people to stop by for a visit? Of course. And that’s why Kazakhstan is now on the tail end of an international, multi-year effort to host

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Kazakhstan Sets Sail: Around-the-World Trip Spreads Kazakh Culture

By Colin Berlyne

Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country and is located in the heart of the great Eurasian landmass. Since national independence, the country’s leaders have sought to make it a bridge linking cultures East and West, North and South. So it’s not surprising that the Kazakh Geographical Society would launch an international project to bring

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Kazakhstan’s Philosophical Adventurer

By Alex Walters

It’s impossible not to like Dmitry Petrukhin. The man is more than a personality – he’s a force of nature and a colorful unofficial ambassador for Kazakhstan who has forged new ties around the world for his country through his unique adventures. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s national independence, he organized a tour

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Space Bound: Kazakhstan Looks to the Next Frontier

By Colin Berlyne

Kazakhstan is the land of exploration and explorers. Its vast Asian steppe served for centuries as a hub along the Silk Road on which caravans of traders set out to seek new trade. Roaming nomadic tribes from the ancient steppe are also now scientifically proven to be the first to domesticate the horse for use

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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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