Articles by Julia Rutz

Eurasian Group Improves Social Sphere in Kostanay Region

The Eurasian Group (ERG) concluded a memorandum on social projects realisation March 15 with the Kostanay region akimat (city administration). The document was signed by board chairman Aldiyar Kaztayev and regional akim (governor) Arhimed Muhanbetov. The event was also attended by the ERG Board of Managers Chairman Alexander Mashkevich, kazpravda.kz reported. He noted despite the…

Almaty, China Representatives Discuss City-Country Relations

An official meeting with a Chinese delegation from the Hubei province headed by Vice Governor Gan Zhunkun was held in the Almaty city akimat (administration) on March 15, reported the press service of the city administration. Both sides noted potential for bilateral cooperation in industry, trade, innovation, culture and education. The Kazakh side emphasised that…

Kazakhstan, Russia Fight Together Against Agricultural Pests

Kazakh and Russian experts held a meeting on plant protection and locust control in cross-border regions on Feb. 9 in Aktobe, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture. The relevance of the locust issue has grown significantly during the past years and joint measures are needed to solve this problem. Russia was…

Kazakh Economy Improves Ranking on Index of Economic Freedom

Kazakhstan climbed one place from last year’s position in the annual ranking of the Index of Economic Freedom, reported the Washington-based Heritage Foundation. In the global ranking, the Central Asia’s largest economy is 68th out of 178, while in the Asia-Pacific region Kazakhstan is in 12th place. The current status of Kazakhstan was evaluated as…

Destination – Kazakhstan. What Should I Know?

Experienced travellers looking for something new and different may find themselves exploring the opportunities Kazakhstan can offer. Visitors can take a train and watch the endless Kazakh steppe roll by; gape at the modern architectural marvels of the capital city, Astana; ski or go horseback riding in the mountains south of Almaty; or visit a…

First Test Train Passes the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route

The first test container train following the route Ukraine-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan-China reached the Aktau port in Kazakhstan on Jan. 24, reported the press service of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company. The train, which consists of 20 containers, operates in the framework of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route and connects three major ports on the Black and…

Giant Robots – Pavlodar’s New Landmark

Iron giants created by a group of car mechanics are now guarding one of Pavlodar’s auto repair shops. The idea to creatively convert waste parts into robots came to garage owner Andrey Sukhonosenko, reported Tengrinews.kz. “This happened spontaneously. We tried making small iron figures, such as hedgehogs, dogs, mannequins and candle holders. Our mechanics used…

Air Astana President Reveals New Routes, Cost Mitigation Measure in Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Air Astana presented its 2015 corporate social responsibility report Jan. 27 in Astana. The document focused mainly on environmental and safety issues, economic contributions, services and community-based initiatives, as well as labour relations. Air Astana President Peter Foster also highlighted the results of the past year and shared the airline’s plans for 2016. “During 2015,…

Kazakh Must-See Films

There are different types of films: the ones that you watch one time and then forget about. Then there are films that give you hope or teach you how to cope with the ups and downs of your life. However, there is another category of films, which is so great and impressive that you keep…

Kazakh Filmmakers to Showcase Works at 2016 Int’l Film Festivals

Young Kazakh director Medet Shayakhmetov will take part in the Sedona International Film Festival, presenting “Escape,” his first short documentary. The festival will be held in the U.S. from Feb. 20 to 28, reported tengrinews.kz. According to Shayakhmetov, the documentary was filmed entirely in America while the future director was studying at the New York…