Articles by Aizada Arystanbek

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Almaty Mosque Hosts Eid al-Fitr Celebration for Kazakh Children Returned from Syria

NUR-SULTAN – The Center for Rehabilitation and Consultation under the Department of Religious Affairs of Almaty and the Zarya Vostoka (Dawn of the East) Mosque hosted a celebration of Eid al-Fitr on May 13 for women and children who returned to Kazakhstan from the Syrian-Iraqi conflict zone, reports Zakon.kz.  The organizers aimed for the event…

Kazakhstan and France Sign Bilateral Agreement on Economic Cooperation Through 2030

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and France signed a joint roadmap for economic and investment cooperation until 2030. The document was signed on May 13 during the visit of the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Frank Riester to Kazakhstan, the press office of the Kazakh Invest national company reported. The event was organized by the…

Mayor of Almaty Pledges to Finish Dam in Ayusai Gorge, Protect Almaty From Mudslides

NUR-SULTAN – Akim (Mayor) of Almaty Bakytzhan Sagintayev pledged to focus on increasing mudslide protection during his visit to the construction site of the dam in Ayusai gorge on May 11, the press service of Almaty Akimat (city administration) reported.   Currently, there are 114 glaciers and 35 moraine lakes located in the upper reaches of…

Commemorations of Kazakh Contribution to World War II Take Place in Russia, Croatia and Moldova

NUR-SULTAN –  A series of events commemorating the contribution of Kazakh soldiers to the victory over fascism in 1945 took place in Russia, Croatia, and Moldova over the past week, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service reported.  A photo exhibition dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Kazakh independence and the Victory Day opened in the…

Rakhimzhan Koshkarbayev: Kazakh Hero Who First Mounted the Victory Banner Over Reichstag

NUR-SULTAN – May 9, 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. While the story of the hard-won victory of the Red Army is widely known, the story of the Kazakh hero who played a key role on the path to victory is less so. On…

Artist from Oslo Searches for Kazakh Veterans

NUR-SULTAN – Norwegian artist Webjörn Sand turned to the Kazakh Embassy in Oslo with a request to help find the living Kazakh veterans who took part in the liberation of the north of Norway from Nazi occupation in 1944, as well as the soldiers who were in Nazi captivity on the territory of occupied Norway,…

Kazakh Startup Egistic Provides Daily Satellite Imagery for Local Farmers

NUR-SULTAN –  Founded to help Kazakh farmers, the Egistic service platform recently announced its partnership with Planet, operator of the world’s largest satellite constellation for Earth images, on its Instagram account on May 5. The Egistic company is now one of the few Central Asian companies offering daily satellite imagery for its clients in agriculture. …

Kokmaisa Fest 2021 Introduces Kazakh Traditions to Promote Virtual Tourism

NUR-SULTAN – The traditional Kokmaisa ethnic festival was held online for the fifth time in a row in the Terisakkan village of the Ulytau district in the Karaganda region on May 2. This year’s festival was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. The festival is seen as a good opportunity to introduce Kazakh…

Nazarbayev University Social Development Fund Fosters Youth Social Entrepreneurship

NUR-SULTAN – In 2020, the Nazarbayev University Social Development Fund underwent a transformation by expanding from its work within the Nazarbayev University (NU) community to funding and supporting social entrepreneurship projects with the potential to have an impact beyond the university. Currently, the fund sponsors nine social projects related to education, ecology, healthy lifestyle and…

Amazon Prime Acquires Streaming Rights for Kazakh Film “Tomiris”

NUR-SULTAN – The “Tomiris” film directed by Akan Satayev is now available on Amazon Prime for audiences in the U.S. and Canada, Kazakhfilm studio reported on April 26.  The film was produced by Kazakhfilm with a $6.5 million budget and first premiered in September 2019. It has been translated into more than 10 languages. In…