Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan (i/ˌkæzækˈstɑːn, ˌkɑː-, -zɑːk-, -ˈstæn/;Kazakh: Қазақстан, Qazaqstan), officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia, with a minor part west of the Ural River and thus in Europe. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world. Its territory of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi) is larger than all of Western Europe. By 2006, Kazakhstan had become the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. The country has vast mineral resources.

It has borders with (clockwise from the north) Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, and also adjoins a large part of the Caspian Sea. The terrain of Kazakhstan includes flatlands, steppe, taiga, rock canyons, hills, deltas, snow-capped mountains, and deserts. With an estimated 18 million people as of 2014, Kazakhstan is the 61st most populous country in the world. Given its large land area, its population density is among the lowest, at less than 6 people per square kilometre (15 people per sq. mi.). The capital is Astana, where it was moved in 1997 from Almaty.

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'Don’t be shy' – Kazakh girls fight sexual harassment

EurasiaNet 30 Jun 2022
She used to take them all the time in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city ... Like many Kazakhs, Altynai, a student, would simply hail a car when she needed to go somewhere ... This time, the driver locked the doors when Altynai got into his car ... “Don't be shy.” After a few more intrusive questions, Amina demanded the driver stop the car and let them out....
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Healthcare in Xinjiang gets promising prognosis

ECNS 21 Jun 2022
Niu Weiya, Party chief of the hospital, said though most doctors there are from Xinjiang, the paired directors of each department include one from Beijing Children's Hospital ... "Last year, a tourist in Kazakhstan lost a finger in a car accident and had the finger successfully reattached in an operation in Xinjiang," Niu said ... .......
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Emigre Russians Find Refuge in Remote Kyrgyzstan

Moscow Times 21 Jun 2022
KARAKOL, Kyrgyzstan — A sense of deja vu overcame veteran Russian political activist Ilya Shafranov when he was detained at an anti-war protest ... Ilya Shafranov. Alexei Napalkov ... It took travel blogger Alexei Napalkov, 26, almost a week to reach the town by car from his hometown of Orenburg, near the Russian border with Kazakhstan ... Submit ... .......
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Russia's Attack on Ukrainian Identity Echoes Soviet Persecution of Germans

Moscow Times 15 Jun 2022
Following the Nazi German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the Soviet authorities quickly moved to relocate ethnic Germans from the western regions of the empire to Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan ... Many of the ethnic German children who grew up in Kazakhstan no longer ......

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