Kazakhstan

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‘The decline of Russian dominance is striking’: readers respond from the Stans

Guardian Cities readers on the rise of the shopping mall, rivalry between oil-rich Kazakhstan and its rural neighbours...

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Every shade of beige: Soviet-era sanatoriums – in pictures

With decades-old wallpaper, mosaics glorifying workers and treatments such as ‘electrical hot chairs’, the sanatoriums of Central Asia...

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Insta-stans: the cities of post-Soviet Central Asia captured on Instagram

From the stunning ancient cities of the Old Silk Road, to the ornate metro system of Almaty, social...

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‘Норман бізге президент пирамида салынуын қалайды деп айтты’

Архитекторлар бұл дүниенің мықтылары үшін жұмыс істеуді жан-тәнімен ұнатады, әлем бойынша жұмыс істейтін архитекторлардың – Норман Фостерден бастап...

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‘Norman said the president wants a pyramid’: how starchitects built Astana

Architects have a thing for strong men, and the big global practices – from Norman Foster to Zaha...

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15:04 OSCE supports regional course on demilitarization activities in Central Asia

An eight-day OSCE regional course "Management of Specialist Demilitarization Activities" for some 40 military and civilian experts focusing...

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Muslim youth attend Kazakhstan Home of Peace event in Delhi

New Delhi , Oct.16 : The Embassy of Kazakhstan in India organised a Kazakhstan: Home of Peace special...

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The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures

From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans...

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Trophy city 2.0: can the Stans kick dictator chic?

The cities of the five former Soviet ‘Stans’ have been dominated by the personalities of their authoritarian rulers...

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Secret Stans week: what it is … and how can you get involved

Guardian Cities is devoting a week to exploring the cities of the five former Soviet ‘Stans’ – Kazakhstan,...