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In Milan, Nazarbayev Announces Extension of Visa Free Regime for 20 Countries

MILANO – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced that his country will extend and expand the trial visa-free regime announced last year and due to end this July. Now, citizens from 20 countries will not need visas for short trips to Kazakhstan, he announced at a Kazakh-Italian business forum in...

Hollywood Actor and Martial Arts Master Steven Seagal Comes to Astana

ASTANA – Famous Hollywood actor, director and producer Steven Seagal has arrived in Astana to take part in the First International Festival of Martial Arts, which will be held to mark the Day of the Capital celebrations. Seagal, who has achieved the level of 7th dan in the Aikikai...

Book Chronicling Nazarbayev’s Efforts to Bring Peace in Ukraine Released

ASTANA – “The Peacemaker,” a new book dedicated to the activities of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to help advance the peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, was presented July 2 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The book covers the events from Maidan to the Feb. 11 meeting in...

17th Astana Day to Feature Festivals, Competitions and Concerts

ASTANA – The state’s capital is going to celebrate Astana Day on July 4-6 with several days of festivals, competitions and concerts by world renowned and national stars. The event is held annually to celebrate Astana as Kazakhstan’s capital. All the events are meant to promote Kazakh culture and...

EBRD Provides $50 Million Loan to Kazakh Food and Beverage Producer

ASTANA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a $49.2 million loan in local currency to Kazakh food and beverage producer RG Brands, the bank announced on June 30. RG Brands is a producer and distributor of tea, juice and milk drinks, with five production...

Debutantes Take Floor for Seventh Opera Ball in Almaty

The finest opera singers in the world were applauded June 27 during the Seventh Opera Ball, one of the most significant and pompous cultural events in Kazakhstan. The event was held in Almaty’s Royal Tulip Hotel. The Best Male Vocal award was presented to Metropolitan Opera soloist Ryan Speedo...

Rehabilitation of Rural Areas Required to Ensure Country’s Competitiveness

International trade argues that prosperity has rarely, if ever, been achieved or sustained without trade. It also plays a role in many other domains, including jobs, the environment and the fight against poverty.   In this regard, after nearly 20 years of negotiations the final step before Kazakhstan becomes a World Trade Organisation (WTO) member would be the…

Past, Present and Future of Kazakh Volleyball

Kazakh volleyball player Bakhytzhan Baitureyev is one of the pioneers of the sport, and has carried the title of best player of the continent. He also guided Kazakhstan’s women’s team to a bronze medal in the Asian Games for the first time in the country’s history. Kazakhstan’s tough volleyball...

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