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Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan. ©akorda.kz
Last Soviet boss standing, Kazakh leader still lacks heir

76-year-old Nazarbayev is now the last surviving Soviet-era leader to still be in charge of one of the countries that emerged from the USSR.

Last Soviet boss standing, Kazakh leader still lacks heir
Turkmenistan changes constitution to extend leader's rule
Turkmenistan changes constitution to extend leader's rule

Turkmenistan passed constitutional changes to prolong the presidential term of office.

Turkmenistan changes constitution to extend leader's rule
Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region
Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region

The death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov after 27 years in charge with no clear successor lined up plunges his homeland into uncertainty.

Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region
Almazbek Atambayev. ©RIA Novosti
Kyrgyzstan's president backs referendum on constitution

Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev supported proposed constitutional changes that would limit the power of his office while expanding the mandate of the prime minister.

Kyrgyzstan's president backs referendum on constitution
Hairatan. Photo courtesy of fglkabul.com
No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan

Hairatan, the only crossing between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, is an ominous bellwether of economic activity in northern Afghanistan.

No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan
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Central Asia strongman regimes challenged by stuttering economy

Now authorities across ex-Soviet Central Asia are facing an unexpected legitimacy test as falling oil prices and Russia's recession.

Central Asia strongman regimes challenged by stuttering economy
Emomali Rakhmon. ©RIA Novosti
Tajikistan to hold key referendum in May

Tajikistan is to hold a referendum in May that is expected to let President Emomali Rakhmon stay in office.

Tajikistan to hold key referendum in May
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Kazakhstan should enhance protection of nuclear facilities from ISIS: expert

According to Senior Research Fellow at the Kazakhstani Institute of Strategic Studies Dauren Aben, Kazakhstan needs to increase security at its nuclear facilities to safeguard them from the ISIS.

Kazakhstan should enhance protection of nuclear facilities from ISIS: expert
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Kazakhstan to introduce visa free entry for developed countries

Kazakhstan plans to simplify visa procedures for 34 OECD countries, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Singapore and Monaco.

Kazakhstan to introduce visa free entry for developed countries
Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season
Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season

Tajikistan has tightened restrictions on celebrations of the traditional festive season in schools in the Central Asian country, banning Christmas trees and gift-giving.

Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season
Emomali Rakhmon. Photo courtesy of iranenglishradioblog.wordpress.com
Tajik parliament votes to name president 'leader of nation'

Tajikistan's parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted to grant President Emomali Rakhmon the title 'Leader of the Nation' for life.

Tajik parliament votes to name president 'leader of nation'
Jim Rogers. Photo courtesy of finance.yahoo.com
American billionaire Jim Rogers considers investing in Kazakhstan

American billionaire Jim Rogers is thinking about investing in Kazakhstan, a country he visited in October.

American billionaire Jim Rogers considers investing in Kazakhstan
This is a point of no return in Syrian crisis: Yerlan Karin about Russian warplane shot down by Turkey

According to Kazakhstan’s political scientist and Director of Kazakhstani Institute of Strategic Studies Yerlan Karin, Russian plane shot down by Turkey is a point of no return in the Syrian crisis.

This is a point of no return in Syrian crisis: Yerlan Karin about Russian warplane shot down by Turkey
Vladimir Makei ©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan's accession to WTO may hamper development of EEU: Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization may hamper the development of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Kazakhstan's accession to WTO may hamper development of EEU: Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei
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Queen Elizabeth II receives Nursultan Nazarbayev in London

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Queen Elizabeth II during his official visit to the United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth II receives Nursultan Nazarbayev in London
Killa Koly. Photo courtesy of the contest's organizers.
Kazakhstani B-Boy in Red Bull BC One Italy World Final 2015 in Rome

Kazakhstani B-Boy from Astana Nikolai Chernikov, aka Killa Kolya, took part in the Red Bull BC One Italy World Final in Rome.

Kazakhstani B-Boy in Red Bull BC One Italy World Final 2015 in Rome
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Kazakhstan's Elizabeth Tursynbayeva finishes 7th at ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Canada

Figure skater from Kazakhstan Elizabeth Tursynbayeva, 15, finished 7th at Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Kazakhstan's Elizabeth Tursynbayeva finishes 7th at ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Canada
Daniar Akishev. Photo  © Turar Kazangapov
National Bank's Governor post is risky business

The resignation of Kairat Kelimbetov from the post of the National Bank governor and a prompt appointment of Daniyar Akishev have raised conflicting feelings both in the media and among general public.

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National Bank's Governor post is risky business
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Kazakhstanis offer condolences over Russian plane crash in Egypt

Kazakhstanis were laying flowers in front of the Russian Embassy and Consulate General in Almaty and Astana expressing their deep condolences to families of the victims of Airbus 321 crash.

Kazakhstanis offer condolences over Russian plane crash in Egypt
Daniyar Akishev ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Kazakhstan changes central bank governor

Kazakhstan central bank Governor Kairat Kelimbetov was dismissed, Daniyar Akishev has been appointed as new National Bank Governor.

Kazakhstan changes central bank governor