On this auspicious day, we would like to wish all of you (and ourselves) a happy fourth birthday to The Astana Times!
The first issue of The Astana Times saw the light on November 30, 2010, one day before the summit of heads of state of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Astana. Its original purpose was to show the many facets of life in Kazakhstan to the several thousand guests at that seminal event. At that point, there was no firm understanding of how The Astana Times would develop, if at all.
We’d like to think that, through your continued interest and support – and through some work on our part – The Astana Times has over these four years grown to indeed become Kazakhstan’s premiere English-language newspaper.
We’d like to assure you that we will continue to put all our efforts into making our newspaper as interesting, relevant, useful and thought-provoking as possible.
So many, many thanks for all your interest, input and support. We look forward to continuing to strive to be one of the best sources of information on Kazakhstan.
Roman Vassilenko, Editor-in-Chief, and all of us at The Astana Times