Articles by Aibarshyn Akhmetkali

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Kazakhstan’s Museums Celebrate Full International Museum Day For First Time After Pandemic

NUR-SULTAN – Museums in Kazakhstan celebrated the International Museum Day on May 18 for the first time since the pandemic began, welcoming the public and offering various activities and special exhibitions. Museum Day features a special theme each year, and this year’s theme is The Power of Museums. The National Museum of Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan…

Kazakh Olympic Flagbearer Costumes Enter Olympic Museum’s Culture and Heritage Collection

NUR-SULTAN – The Olympic Museum in Lausanne included the costumes worn by Kazakh national flag bearers during the Beijing 2022 opening ceremony in the Cultural Heritage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) collection at the official ceremony on May 18 in Lausanne, reported Kazakhstan’s National Olympic Committee. The attire worn by speed skater Yekaterina Aidova…

Kazakhstan and Finland Committed to Boost Trade and Investment, Mark 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Finland plan to expand trade and investment relations as the two countries mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the Kazakh and Finnish diplomats announced during their meeting in Nur-Sultan on May 13. Bilateral cooperation in politics, trade, establishment of economic, cultural and humanitarian ties between the two countries over the…

President Tokayev Introduces Three New Regions in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree to introduce three new regions – Abai Region, Ulytau Region, and Zhetisu Region – as well as to relocate the administrative center of the Almaty region from Taldykorgan to Konayev (prev. Kapshagai) on May 4. The administrative-territorial changes were first proposed by the President during his address…

President Tokayev Takes Decisive Steps Ahead of Constitutional Reform, Serious Changes Ahead For Kazakhstan, Says State Secretary Karin

NUR-SULTAN – Last week a number of political events took place that paved the way for the implementation of major political reforms that were proposed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his address to the nation on March 16. The week started off with President Tokayev’s announcement of his decision to resign early from the position…

MEP Says Kazakh President’s Reforms Important Step Towards Building Democracy

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s reforms are “a serious step towards democracy” said Andris Ameriks, First Vice-Chair of the European Parliament (EP) Delegation for Cooperation with Central Asia and Mongolia and Vice-Chair of the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism, during his April 12 visit to Nur-Sultan as head of the EP delegation. According to…

US Ready to Partner With Kazakh Government on Implementation of Political Reforms, Senior Diplomat Says on Visit to Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The United States supports President Tokayev’s political reforms agenda, said Uzra Zeya, Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, at the press meeting at the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 11. During her visit to Kazakhstan, the sides discussed a wide range of issues, including the aftermath of the January…

Kazakh Folklore Otyrar Sazy Orchestra Plans to Expand Foreign Repertoire (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Academic Folklore-Ethnographic Otyrar Sazy orchestra will expand its foreign repertoire by adding the popular works of famous musicians on Kazakh folk instruments, said Dinara Tlendiyeva, the orchestra’s artistic director and chief conductor during her meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on April 1. Tlendiyeva, daughter of prominent Kazakh composer and conductor Nurgisa Tlendiyev,…

Czech Choreographer Jiri Kylian’s Contemporary Ballet Masterpiece ‘Falling Angels’ Premiers at Astana Ballet Theater

NUR-SULTAN – Eight ballerinas took the stage of Astana Ballet Theater on April 1 to perform in the Kazakh premiere of the “Falling Angels” – a choreographic miniature, one of the most famous works of Czech choreographer-philosopher Jiri Kylian. The ballet, accompanied by Steve Reich’s drum composition, portrays eight ballerinas, and eight different women. Kylian…

Stockholm +50 National Dialogue to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals Launched in Kyzylorda

NUR-SULTAN – The Stockholm +50 National dialogue, which is aimed at engaging communities in discussions on the environmental aspects of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was launched in Kyzylorda on March 29 with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), announced UNDP office in Kazakhstan. Representatives of local governments, non-governmental organizations, youth…