Cars queuing to cross the border into Kazakhstan at the Mariinsky border crossing, about (250 miles south of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.

Anti-war Russians who fled for safety now face deportation


More than a year after thousands of Russians who opposed the war fled abroad for safety, they now face deportation and other challenges in the countries that initially received them, such as Kazakhstan, Estonia and Georgia.

A view of Almaty from Kok Tobe Park, a popular hilltop tourist attraction accessible by cable car.

Stuck without passports in Kazakhstan, Russians who avoided the draft face a ticking clock

Smoke rises from the city hall building during a protest in Almaty, Kazakhstan

What’s behind unrest rocking oil-rich Kazakhstan

Members of Ninety One, a Q-pop boy band.

Kazakhstan’s ‘Qazaq-pop’ boy band Ninety One challenges gender norms

Kazakhs protest what they see as excessive expansion of Chinese influence in Kazakhstan, including new Silk Road investments, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Dec. 2019.

China’s new Silk Road traverses Kazakhstan. But some Kazakhs are skeptical of Chinese influence.

On China's New Silk Road
Training Cafe

Kazakhstan cafe uses employment to fight disability stigma


With its simple menu and casual atmosphere, the Training Cafe looks like many other local eateries in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty. But unlike the others, its 40-person staff is exclusively composed of patients from local psychiatric institutions.

Kazakh glam-rock and opera singer Timur Bekbosunov first got discovered singing Over the Rainbow at at festival in Kansas.

When you think Kazakhstan think Timur, not Borat


Timur Bekbosunov is a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan, but he got his start in Kansas.

Abdurasul Juraboev, one of two Brooklyn residents who allegedly planned to travel to Syria to support the Islamic State worked at the The Gyro King restaurant in Flatbush.

New York City produces its first homegrown ISIS recruits


A paid informant helped officials arrest three New Yorkers who allegedly planned to aid the so-called Islamic State. But the shock is less about the violence they hoped to commit and more about how young New Yorkers were tempted to join a jihadi group.

The Baiterek in Kazakhstan's capital

In this city, you can see a presidential palace in one direction and the largest tent in the world in the other

Arts, Culture & Media

The capital of Kazakhstan is a modern city rising from a largely-rural, largely-Soviet countryside. But it still has its quirks. For example, climb to the top of the new Bayterek and in one direction you can see the presidential palace. In the other, though, you’ll see the world’s largest tent.

The Race to Secure Kazakhstan’s ‘Plutonium Mountain’

Arts, Culture & Media

A remarkable 17-year effort by US; Russian scientists to secure an abandoned nuclear testing facility in Kazakhstan was finally completed last fall. Host Marco Werman speaks about the largely secret operation with journalist Eben Harrell.