Kazakhstan - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Kazakhstan


Kyrgyzstan sees jump in coronavirus cases after restrictions lifted

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:29 PM

Some Kyrgyz on social media have complained of being unable to take tests despite having coronavirus symptoms

A municipal worker disinfects a street in front of the Parliament as a measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Bishkek on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP)

Kazakh 'Leader of the Nation' Nazarbayev, 79, has coronavirus

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Nursultan Nazarbayev's health is a national conversation topic due to the impact that his death could have on the vast, oil-producing former Soviet republic of more than 18 million people

POSITIVE. In this file photo taken on October 18, 2018 Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev looks on as he arrives for a Asia Europe Meeting at the European Council in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Kazakhstan declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:08 PM

The state of emergency introduces 'limits on functioning of large retail centers' and on entry and exit from the country

Police in Kazakhstan detain dozens after activist's death

Mar 01, 2020 - 6:41 PM

Protests take place after Dulat Agadil, a prominent activist, died in detention hours after he was detained by plainclothes police on February 24

Kazakh violence makes Chinese Muslim minority ponder future

Feb 15, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Violence breaks out among local Kazakhs and a group of ethnic Chinese Muslims called Dungans, who number more than 150,000 across Central Asia

Pompeo condemns China's Xinjiang crackdown during Central Asia tour

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:24 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets top officials in Kazakhstan as he rounds off a 5-nation tour in two countries where Russia and China enjoy privileged interests

POMPEO IN KAZAKHSTAN. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) reacts after holding a joint news conference with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi (L) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, February 2, 2020. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AFP

Kazakhstan observes day of mourning after fatal jet crash

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Kazakh authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the disaster, and the plane's black boxes have been sent to Moscow for examination

CRASH SITE. A view of the site of a passenger plane crash outside Almaty on December 27, 2019. Photo by Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP

12 killed, dozens injured as plane crashes in Kazakhstan

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Kazakhstan responds to the crash by grounding the model, which makes up the whole of the Bek Air fleet, and launching an investigation

PLANE CRASH. This handout picture taken on December 27, 2019 and released by Kazakhstan's emergencies committee shows rescuers working at the site of a passenger plane crash outside Almaty. Photo by Kazakhstan's emergencies committee/AFP

Roaming Russian eagles leave scientists broke

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Scientists launch a campaign called 'Top up the eagle's mobile' to keep the research going with the public's help

Successor to longtime Kazakh ruler is sworn in as president

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pledges 'different opinions, united nation' would be the slogan of his presidency, during the ceremony in the capital Nur-Sultan

THE NEW PRESIDENT. Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Handpicked successor sweeps Kazakhstan vote criticized by monitor

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:27 PM

No vote in Kazakhstan has ever been recognized as fully democratic by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which sent more than 300 observers to monitor this election

VICTORY. Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Kazakhs hold vote for first new leader in decades

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The buildup to the vote is marked by an intensifying crackdown on the opposition with courts sentencing protesters to short stays in jail and police raiding activists' homes

A man waits to receive his ballot at a polling station during Kazakhstan's presidential elections in Nur-Sultan on June 9, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

New Kazakhstan president calls snap elections for June

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says he had consulted with Nursultan Nazarbayev and other top officials before making the decision

SNAP ELECTIONS. In this file photo, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Central Asian nation's senate also appoints ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's eldest daughter Dariga as speaker, setting her up as a potential contender to succeed her father

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Kazakhstan's Senate chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Nursultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's authoritarian modernizer

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:08 AM

As ruler of Kazakhstan for almost 30 years, he is responsible for turning the Central Asian country into an energy powerhouse while governing with little tolerance for opposition


Kazakh leader announces shock resignation after 30 years in power

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, has ruled Kazakhstan since before the collapse of the Soviet Union and leaves no obvious successor

RESIGNATION. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev announces his shock resignation on March 19, 2019, 29 years after taking office. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP

Kazakh coach follows through in Gilas upset

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Promising a 'different game' after Kazakhstan absorbed a 37-point thrashing from the Philippines in the Asian Games, Renatas Kurilionokas keeps his word

CONFIDENT. Kazakhstan head coach Renatas Kurilionokas says 'we are winners' under the right circumstances. Photo from FIBA

Gilas fails to defend homecourt vs Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifiers

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines falls to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F behind a 5-4 record

SCORING MACHINE. Stanley Pringle topscores for the Philippines. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Team Pilipinas aims to bolster its chances for a World Cup berth against a Kazakhstan team it crushed in the Asian Games

Fajardo, Slaughter star in Gilas lineup vs Kazakhstan

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A towering Gilas Pilipinas squad will see action against Kazakhstan at the start of the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

GIANTS. June Mar Fajardo will form a formidable Gilas frontcourt with Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Kazakhs push PH spikers down to battle for 7th

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team absorbs a five-set heartbreaker against Kazakhstan in the 2018 Asian Games classification round

HIT. Mylene Paat tries to get one past the Kazakh's defensive wall. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Clarkson-less Gilas crushes Kazakhstan in Asian Games

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Stanley Pringle fuels the Philippines' early breakaway against Kazakhstan at the start of men's basketball action

KEY COG. Stanley Pringle plays a key role on both ends. Photo from Asian Games website

Guiao: Even sans Clarkson, PH 'ready' vs Kazakhstan

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Bunched with powerhouse China in Group D, the winner between the Filipinos and the Kazakhs will likely determine who will advance into the quarterfinals

WAITING GAME. Filipinos will have to wait for a few more days to witness NBA player Jordan Clarkson make his Philippine team debut. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

5 Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The deal will settle a long-lasting dispute on whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, which means it falls under different international laws

Locator map of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan

Suspect held over Olympic figure skater's murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

A suspect has been detained for the fatal stabbing of 2014 Sochi Olympics bronze medalist Denis Ten

GREAT LOSS. Kazakh skating star Denis Ten died in the hospital after medics fought to save his life following the attack.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Olympic figure skater stabbed to death

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The 25-year-old Denis Ten, who won a bronze in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was fatally attacked by car thieves

TRAGEDY. Family, friends and fans across the world mourn the death of Kazakh skating star Denis Ten. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Canelo Alvarez is a dope cheat, says middleweight king Gennady Golovkin

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:52 AM

In explosive comments at his secluded mountain training camp in Big Bear, Golovkin says Alvarez enjoys preferential treatment throughout his career by authorities in Nevada

ACCUSER. In this file photo, Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan shows his title belts following his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Alvarez, Golovkin promise fireworks in May 5 rematch

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Both fighters vow that judges will not be a factor when they climb into the ring again at Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena in what is likely to be one of the fights of the year

CLASSIC. Boxers Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin take part in a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce their upcoming rematch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Canelo Alvarez to face Gennady Golovkin in middleweight title rematch

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The sensational sequel puts Golovkin's World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council crowns up for grabs

REMATCH. In this file photo, Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan shows his title belts following his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. John GURZINSKI / AFP

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) All those who died are believed to be Uzbek nationals, an interior ministry official tells Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency. Kazakh media meanwhile report they were migrant workers travelling to Russia.

BUS FIRE. A handout picture provided by the Kazakh emergency situations ministry on January 18, 2018 shows a charred bus on a road in the region around the city of Aktobe.  Handout photo by Kazakhstan's emergency situations ministry/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up on Friday, 9:45 pm!

Golovkin puts titles on the line in Vegas debut

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Gennady Golovkin says It is the biggest fight of my career

UNBEATEN Gennady Golovkin overcame the toughest challenge of his career to retain his middleweight belts. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

The fight goes on for PH volleyball after Asian Seniors stint

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine volleyball team has nothing to be ashamed of after giving Kazakhstan a tough fight in their final match at the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship

ON TO MALAYSIA. “Meron pa tayong SEA Games, bawi lang nang bawi. Laban lang nang laban," says Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

Philippines falls to Kazakhstan again, finishes 8th in Asian Seniors

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:33 PM

The Philippine team wraps up the country s hosting of the Asian tourney with an 8th place finish

SPIKED. Kazakhstan tops the Philippines for the second time in the tournament, relegating the Philippines to eighth place. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra

Vicente proud of PH team for showing heart against seasoned Kazakhstan

Aug 12, 2017 - 4:16 PM

The Philippine coach believes exposure against top teams like Kazakhstan will help the squad in future tournaments

PROUD. Despite the loss, Philippine coach Vicente says he's still proud of the team for their determined effort against Kazakhstan. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - Asian Senior Volleyball Championship

Aug 11, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Relive the Philippine national volleyball team s stand against the higher ranked Kazakhstan crew

Photos by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

PH volleyball team falls to Kazakhstan in Asian Seniors

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:04 PM

The Philippines still qualifies for the tournament s quarterfinals and the 2018 Asian Volleyball Cup

SPIKED. Mika Reyes and Kim Fajardo attempt to block a Kazakh player's spike. Kazakhstan handed the Philippine squad its first loss of the tournament. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship 2017

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:54 PM

The Philippines looks to remain unbeaten when the national team faces Kazakhstan on Friday August 11 at 5:30 pm

3-man crew reaches International Space Station

Jul 29, 2017 - 2:09 PM

The crew from Italy Russia and the United States boosts the ISS back to full capacity

LIFTOFF. In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 52-53 crew members Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. Photo by Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/NASA

Strong export demand to lift Asian economies – ADB

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Surging global demand for Asian exports and low oil prices will help China and the region s developing economies grow faster than expected this year and next

LOADING CARGO. In this file photo, a worker (C) monitors as containers are lifted onto a trailer at Keppel port terminal in Singapore on January 18, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The blaze reaching 15 kilometers 9 5 miles across is unleashed by parts of a rocket that fell to earth on Wednesday after a launch from the nearby Baikonur cosmodrome

Russia launches space freighter to ISS

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The cargo ship carrying more than two tons of essential supplies including fuel air and equipment and parcels for astronauts is due to dock with the ISS on Friday at 1142 GMT

PROGRESS IN FLIGHT. The Progress cargo ship in flight thanks to a Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket on June 14, 2017. Screen shot from YouTube.

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Leaders of the largely symbolic body – including Russia s Vladimir Putin and China s Xi Jinping – formally sign off on the sub continent duo s accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan s capital Astana

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Rebisco-PSL Manila falls to Vietnam, finishes 8th in Asian Club Championships

May 31, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Jaja Santiago remains the top scorer for the Philippine club anchoring the offense with 10 markers all off spikes to go with 5 excellent digs

8TH PLACE. Rebisco-PSL Manila finishes in 8th place at the 2017 Asian Women’s Club Championships. Photo from Asian Volleyball Confederation website

Syria, key powers meet in Astana for talks without rebels

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:05 AM

The third round of negotiations sponsored by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel backer Turkey come as other diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed have proved fruitless

Three-way bid to boost Syria truce after Astana talks

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:44 PM

UPDATED Russia Turkey and Iran also backs the participation of the armed rebel groups at a new round of peace talks set to be hosted by the United Nations in Geneva next month

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov (C) reads a final statement on Syria peace talks as UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (R) looks through his papers in Astana on January 24, 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Syria peace talks close to final declaration

Jan 24, 2017 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED Rebel spokesman Yehya al Aridi says the rebels would not sign a final declaration coming out of the talks saying it would be issued by their sponsors

Representatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups along with other attendees take part in the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Syria peace talks off to rocky start

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Rebel spokesman Yehya al Aridi says the opposition backed out of the first round of direct talks because of the regime s continued bombardment and attacks on a flashpoint area near Damascus

SYRIA TALKS. UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) meets with an Iranian delegation prior to the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017.  Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP

Syria regime, rebels name delegation heads to Astana talks

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED Talks on the nearly six year old conflict organized by Turkey Russia and Iran are set to begin on January 23 in the Kazakh capital Astana

25-year independence anniversary bittersweet for Central Asia

Dec 20, 2016 - 11:37 AM

25 years since gaining independence from the Soviet Union complaints of an ever widening gulf between capitalism s winners and losers and the mismanagement of state funds echo throughout the graft riddled countries in the region

LOOMING PRESENCE. A picture taken on December 14, 2016 shows a statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the town of Arkalyk, central Kazakhstan. Stanislav Filippov/AFP