Articles by Aibarshyn Akhmetkali

Kazakh Language is Gaining Increasing Popularity, But Needs Greater Support to Sustain Interest, Says Expert

NUR-SULTAN – People in Kazakhstan are increasingly becoming more interested in learning the Kazakh language in the aftermath of recent political events in Kazakhstan and in the world, says Kanat Tasibekov, a Kazakh language advocate and the author of the “Situational Kazakh” series of self-tutorials, in an interview to the Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper. After the…

Evolution of Islam in Kazakhstan: How Modern Kazakh Muslims Balance Their Religious Identity, the Soviet Legacy and National Traditions

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions to be held on Sept.14-15 in Nur-Sultan, The Astana Times starts a series of articles on the diversity of spiritual life in Kazakhstan. We shall profile different religions and denominations starting with the most practiced one in the…

UN GA President Welcomes Kazakhstan’s Contribution to Providing Peace and Achieving SDGs During Visit to Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – President of the 76th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA), Abdulla Shahid voiced a positive evaluation of Kazakhstan’s  commitment to UN principles and confirmed further cooperation in building regional peace and security, sustainable development, climate crisis, food security, and human rights during his first official visit to Kazakhstan that took…

Elders Advise on Preparation for Organization of Turkic States Summit

NUR-SULTAN – The Council of Elders, an advisory body of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS), discussed the development of logistics and tourism, as well as the preparation for the upcoming OTS Summit at the 13th meeting in Bishkek on Aug. 8, reported the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry’s press center. The Council of Elders was established…

Wild Tiger Population Could Be Reintroduced in Kazakhstan by 2025, Says Expert

NUR-SULTAN – Wild tigers may be reintroduced to Kazakhstan’s biosphere as early as 2025, said Olzhabek Kholov, the lead expert of the forestry and wildlife committee of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan in an interview with The Astana Times. The government of Kazakhstan and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) signed…

Kazakhstan Urges to Expand Nuclear-Free-Zones at Tenth NPT Review Conference in New York

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has undertaken a deliberate policy to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime and make efforts toward the universal goal of total elimination of nuclear weapons as well as expanding nuclear-weapon-free zones, said Akan Rakhmetullin, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Fighter Pilot Begeldinov Who Flew 300 Combat Missions During World War II

NUR-SULTAN – Today, on Aug. 5, Kazakhstan celebrates the 100th anniversary of Talgat Begeldinov, a ground attack pilot and two-times Hero of the Soviet Union, who flew 305 combat missions during World War II. Born to a Kazakh peasant family in the village of Maybalyk in the Akmola Region, Begeldinov was sent to the war…

Kazakhstan’s Trap Shooting Team Wins 11 Medals at Asian Championship in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – It was a successful start for the 10th Asian Shotgun Championship for the Kazakh shooting team in trap discipline with 11 medals won, including five gold, four silver and two bronze medals overall, reported the National Olympic Committee. The championship that started on July 28 in Almaty will continue till Aug. 8. Participants…

Neemble Streaming Startup from Kazakhstan Joins 25 Finalists of AppWorks, Largest Tech Accelerator in Southeast Asia

NUR-SULTAN – Neemble, a Kazakh streaming startup founded by Adilkhan Rashit and Kuanysh Kair, became one of the 25 finalists at AppWorks, the largest Southeast Asian startup accelerator, after competing with nearly 2,000 applicants at the initial stage. The Astana Times spoke to co-founder Adilkhan Rashit to learn about their preparation for the program and…

Kazakh Figure Skater Denis Ten’s Film “Blind Love” Premieres in Cinemas, Four Years After His Death

NUR-SULTAN – “A talented person is talented in everything” – with this saying an evening dedicated to the “Blind Love” film premiere written by Kazakh figure skater and 2014 Winter Olympics bronze medal winner Denis Ten kicked-off in Nur-Sultan on July 28, four years after his tragic death. “Blind Love” is a story of two…