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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

President Tokayev Appoints New Minister of Defense, Outlines Priorities for Reforms in Armed Forces

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev dismissed Murat Bektanov from the Minister of Defense’s position and appointed Ruslan Zhaksylykov as the new minister, the Akorda reported on Jan. 19.  Zhaksylykov previously served as the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs – Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard.  Zhaksylykov was born in 1966 in the Almaty region. He started…

Omicron Continues to Spread in Kazakhstan, Top Health Officials Recommend Strict Measures

NUR-SULTAN – On Jan. 18, Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat reported that COVID-19 cases have increased by 19.6 times over the past month. Daily laboratory testing has increased by 3.5 times and reached 50,000 tests per day. Despite the incidence rate, the mortality rate has decreased by 2.5 times over the past day.  The…

Nursultan Nazarbayev: “We Must Support the New Program of Reforms Put Forward by President Tokayev”

NUR-SULTAN – The President has put forward a new program of reforms to improve the well-being of people. We must support this program, said Nursultan Nazarbayev in a video addrees on Jan.18 Read the full text of address of Kazakhstan’s First President on Jan.18 Dear people of Kazakhstan! The events of early January shocked the entire…

Kazakhstan’s Human Rights Ombudsperson: State Must Investigate All Reports of Cruel Treatment, Conduct Thorough Legal Investigation

NUR-SULTAN – Peace, order and rule of law in the country depend not only on the legislative and executive authorities but also on every citizen of Kazakhstan. What happened must become a lesson for all, said Elvira Azimova, Kazakhstan’s Human Rights Ombudsperson in Kazakhstan, at an online media briefing at the Central Communications Service. “Human…

Almaty Police Department Releases Details Surrounding Tragic Events in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – The situation has stabilized in Almaty, reported Head of the Almaty Police Department Kanat Taimerdenov at the Jan. 16 Central Communications Center briefing. As a result of the clashes,149 civilians and 11 officers were killed. The police continue to seize stolen firearms. Terrorists damaged and destroyed more than 356 cars including 163 police…

Kazakh Prosecutor’s General Office Releases Statement on Legal Procedures Against Suspects in Events of Tragic January

NUR-SULTAN – Forty-four terrorism cases related to the recent attacks in some regions are under investigation, the General Prosecutor’s Office reported on Jan. 13. As of Jan. 14, the high (orange) level of terrorism threat has been set in the Kazakh capital. The critical (red) level of the terrorism threat has been lifted in 14…

Smailov Becomes Kazakhstan’s New Prime Minister

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev presented Alikhan Smailov’s candidacy for the Prime Minister’s Office at the Jan. 11 meeting of the Majilis, the lower house of Parliament. During the meeting, the majority of deputies supported the President’s decision. Smailov previously served as the First Deputy Prime Minister.  Alikhan Smailov was born in 1972 in…

WATCH: Striking Video of Terrorists Rampaging Through Almaty, Taldykorgan, Aktobe, Looting Businesses, Assaulting Police, Injuring Civilians

Telegram channel “KeyNews” presents a video montage of the tragic events that occured in the beginning of January 2022 in Kazakhstan. In just 5 days, bands of terrorists and opportunists and marauders turned one of the most peaceful and stable Central Asian republics into a war zone. January 10 has been declared the National Day…

Spectacular Skating Performance on Lake Kolsai is Becoming Popular on Instagram (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh figure skater Kseniya Pankratova’s dance performance on the frozen Lake Kolsai recently attracted quite an audience on Instagram, reported Kazinform. A short video titled “The magic ice of Kolsai” is available on Pankratova’s account.  Pankratova went viral on the internet with her performance on the Big Almaty Lake in December 2018. This…

Kazakhstan Adopts Law on Abolition of Death Penalty and Law on Commissioner for Human Rights

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the laws “On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts on the Abolition of the Death Penalty” and “On the Commissioner for Human Rights in Kazakhstan” on Dec. 29, reported Akorda.   According to the law “On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts on the Abolition of the…