Articles by Jane Rivers

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

First Kazakh-Language Horror Film to be Released in April

ASTANA – The first Kazakh-language horror film, “M-Agent,” directed by Erkin Rakishev, will be released April 3. Rakishev, who made his name with “My Name is Also Kozha,” said his main intention in the new film is to scare audiences. “I saw people crying after watching my documentary, ‘The Hunger,’ so I decided to see…

Kazakhstan Athletes Ready for Winter Universiade 2013

ASTANA – Fifty-five of Kazakhstan’s strongest athletes have been chosen to compete in the 26th Winter Universiade December 11 – 21 in Trentino, Italy. The event is expected to draw more than 3,500 athletes from 60 countries to compete in biathlon, skiing, curling, speed and figure skating, jumping race, skiing race, snowboarding, freestyle, short track…

Maxim Rakov Wins Judo Gold

ALMATY – 2009 world champion and one of Kazakhstan’s top athletes, Maxim Rakov, won gold at the Judo Grand Prix in Almaty on Sept. 29. Rakov edged out his rival from Brazil, Rafael Bazacarini, 21, in a close final fight in the 100 kilogrammes category. The 28-year-old displayed the full array of his fighting skills…

Eight Lakes Resort Offers Eco-Friendly Summer Getaway

ASTANA – The modern and eco-friendly Eight Lakes Park Resort near Almaty offers visitors the opportunity to fish, play tennis, bike, tour nature and enjoy the largest beach club in Central Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. It also offers a 450-hectare (1,111-acre) Safari. The idea to create a Kazakh resort that would meet…