Articles by George Blake

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Inspiring Hip Hop Artist Achieving his Dreams

ASTANA – Temirlan Ormankulov was born with cerebral palsy. But that didn’t stop him from founding the hip hop group One Life, which was nominated for Best Hip Hop Group in Astana in 2013 by Radio Max. He now has big plans for his band, show business across Kazakhstan and, on a personal level, motivating…

Small Businesses Grow with Nation’s Capital

ASTANA – Astana is a growing city and small business are growing with it. Zhomart Zhantasov, 42, has seen his printing business expand from a four-person team in 2006 to a team of 50 employees working in two shifts. Baspa Optima’s printers work almost non-stop, the owner says, making a variety of products associated with…