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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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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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