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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Journalists throughout Kazakhstan harassed, threatened for their work

CPJ 24 Jan 2023
Since January 12, journalists throughout Kazakhstan have seen their cars set on fire, apartments attacked, and offices vandalized, according to media reports and journalists who spoke to CPJ ... “Authorities’ rhetoric about a ‘new Kazakhstan’ will remain empty words unless they are able to ensure journalists’ safety.”....
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A year after Kazakhstan's deadly riots, questions persist

Citizen Tribune 21 Jan 2023
Wisps of fog hung over central Almaty, Kazakhstan, last month as President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev somberly unveiled a monument to those killed a year ago in the worst unrest in the Central Asian nation's three decades of independence ... 2 in western Kazakhstan’s oil-producing region over an increase in state-controlled gas prices as 2022 dawned....
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A year after Kazakhstan’s deadly riots, questions persist

Metro USA 20 Jan 2023
Wisps of fog hung over central Almaty, Kazakhstan, last month as President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev somberly unveiled a monument to those killed a year ago in the worst unrest in the Central Asian nation’s three decades of independence ... 2 in western Kazakhstan’s oil-producing region over an increase in state-controlled gas prices as 2022 dawned....
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One of Russia's main allies closed a visa loophole used by Russians fleeing conscription to ...

Business Insider 18 Jan 2023
People walk next to their cars queuing to cross the border into Kazakhstan on September 27, 2022. AP Russians will no longer be able to stay in Kazakhstan indefinitely, Reuters said ... More than 100,000 Russians, many of them men fleeing conscription to fight in Ukraine, fled to Kazakhstan, according to reports....
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Kazakhstan activists recall path from protest to bloodshed

The Associated Press 15 Jan 2023
Wisps of fog hung over central Almaty, Kazakhstan, last month as President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev somberly unveiled a monument to those killed a year ago in the worst unrest in the Central Asian nation's three decades of independence ... 2 in western Kazakhstan’s oil-producing region over an increase in state-controlled gas prices as 2022 dawned....

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