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Akorda is the residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan located on the left bank of the River Ishim in Astana – the capital city of the country. Official presentation of the new palace of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was held December 24, 2004.

Next to the residence the Parliament, the Government, the Supreme Court, and the House of the Ministries of Kazakhstan are located. The residence is depicted on the banknote of 10,000 tenge. Photos by Karla Nur for voxpopuli.kz

Akorda - Kazakhstan President residence view 1


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Changes to the open Internet in Kazakhstan

In May 2011, the Kazakhstan Network Information Centre notified Google of an order issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information in Kazakhstan that requires all .kz domain names, such as google.kz, to operate on physical servers within the borders of that country.

Creating borders on the web raises important questions for Google not only about network efficiency but also about user privacy and free expression. So they have decided to redirect users that visit google.kz to google.com in Kazakh. This means that Kazakhstan users will experience a reduction in search quality as results will no longer be customised for Kazakhstan (source).

The authoritarian regime of Nazarbayev is making its best to control the information and people but the more effort is made the more dangerous the situation will be when the people of Kazakhstan will try to get rid of it. It’s amazing how the history of all mankind teaches nothing such leaders.




Will the new director of IMF be from Kazakhstan?

The Council of Heads of CIS governments proposed the chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Grigory Marchenko to the position of Director of International Monetary Fund. It was announced by Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Masimov. “We consider him as a single candidate from all CIS countries and will submit an application to the IMF” – he said.

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Kazakhstan Presidential Elections

The turnout in the early presidential elections in Kazakhstan at 16.00 has already surpassed the total turnout of citizens at the presidential elections of 2005 and amounts to 76,9%, said a member of the Central Election Commission Tatyana Okhlopkova. Morning of April 4 the CEC will announce the first preliminary results of the elections. The names of four candidates including today’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev are presented in the ballots. And there is no doubt that the winner will be the current leader of the country ruling for 20+ years already. It looks like the lesson of the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt is not learned well.

And the latest news. One of the candidates (the leader of ecological organization “Tabigat” Mels Eleusizov) voted for his opponent – Nursultan Nazarbayev because as he says Nazarbayev will be the winner of the elections. What a great candidate!

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