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Central Election Commission Summarizes Results of Election Campaign in Media, all Parties Given Fair Treatment

NUR-SULTAN –  On the eve of the elections for Majilis (the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) and the Maslikhats (local executive bodies) to be held on Jan.10, an important meeting of the Central Election Commission took place on Jan.8. Anastasia Schegortsova, a member of the Central Election Commission, said that the pre-election activities of…

Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Attends Virtual Denuclearization Meeting

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi recently took part in the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Stockholm Initiative on Nuclear Disarmament and Support for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), organized online in the Jordanian capital of Amman, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service reported. The participants discussed possible…

Moscow’s Court Sentences Former Chairman of BTA Bank to 15 Years of Prison in Absentia

A Moscow-based court sentenced the former chairman of the board of directors of BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov to 15 years in prison in absentia. This was reported on Dec. 28 by the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office, according to Russian state news Agency TASS. “The Tagansky District Court of Moscow passed a verdict…

Kazakh Government Establishes Institute of Parliamentarism to Improve Legislation

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Government decreed Dec. 24 to establish the Institute of Parliamentarism under the Parliament to fulfill the instructions of the Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. In Tokayev’s state-of-the-nation address dated Sept. 2, 2019, he instructed to create an appropriate structure under the Parliament, which should improve the quality of laws. The government and…

Artificial Ski Slope Opens in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – The sports and training center for snowboarding and freeskiing, a special type of alpine skiing, was opened on Dec. 20 at the park named after Mustafa Kamal Ataturk in the Kazakh capital, the city administration’s press service reported. Kazakhstan’s first artificial slope for snowboarders is also suitable for one of a special form…

Kyrgyzstan Receives Humanitarian Aid from Kazakhstan to Help Fight COVID-19

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan dispatched humanitarian cargo to Kyrgyzstan Nov. 26 as part of a joint effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The decision to send 16 tons of humanitarian assistance was initiated by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The cargo included 400 medical ventilators and…

ADB Issues First Batch of Green Bonds in Kazakh Tenge

NUR-SULTAN – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) raised nearly 14 billion tenge ($32.56 million) in the first green bonds auctioned and listed Nov. 17 on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange, the ADB press service reported. The Bond Proceeds, which were issued under the ADB’s Green Bond Framework, will finance ADB’s portfolio of climate change adaptation and…

Stunning Video with Pink Flamingos on Lake Karakol Becomes Popular in Kazakhstan (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Aktau resident Azamat Sarsenbayev recently stunned the Kazakh social media after releasing a video featuring pink flamingos near Lake Karakol in the Mangistau region. A video drone footage went viral overnight.  “Thanks to these moments I love my country,” Sarsenbayev wrote in his video preview on Facebook.  Flamingos fly to the Mangystau region…

UN in Kazakhstan Honors The Astana Times Editorial Team’s Efforts in Promoting UN Day 2020

NUR-SULTAN – The editorial office of The Astana Times newspaper has received a certificate of appreciation for media coverage of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations presented by UN Resident Coordinator a.i. for Kazakhstan Yakup Beris.  This year, Kazakhstan joined the global campaign to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN.  “As one of…

Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi met Oct. 29 with Kyrgyz Minister of Foreign Affairs Ruslan Kazakbayev in Nur-Sultan, reported the ministry’s press service. The parties discussed the Kazakh-Kyrgyz cooperation in trade, economic, investment, transit, transport and cultural and humanitarian sectors and increased cooperation in international organizations. Maintaining positive dynamics and regional…