Kazakhstan (i/ˌkæzækˈstɑːn, ˌkɑː-, -zɑːk-, -ˈstæn/;Kazakh: Қазақстан, Qazaqstan), officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia, with a minor part west of the Ural River and thus in Europe. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world. Its territory of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi) is larger than all of Western Europe. By 2006, Kazakhstan had become the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. The country has vast mineral resources.

It has borders with (clockwise from the north) Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, and also adjoins a large part of the Caspian Sea. The terrain of Kazakhstan includes flatlands, steppe, taiga, rock canyons, hills, deltas, snow-capped mountains, and deserts. With an estimated 18 million people as of 2014, Kazakhstan is the 61st most populous country in the world. Given its large land area, its population density is among the lowest, at less than 6 people per square kilometre (15 people per sq. mi.). The capital is Astana, where it was moved in 1997 from Almaty.

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Floods in Russia, Kazakhstan cause havoc

Gulf Today 12 Apr 2024
A view of the flooded settlement of Pokrovka, some 90 km from the city of Petropavl, in northern Kazakhstan close to the border with Russia on Monday ... The spring flooding due to the melting of snows at the end of winter are considered to be normal in Russian Siberia and in Kazakhstan across the border in Asia....

Thousands of Russian soldiers are fleeing the war in Ukraine but have nowhere to go

Wtop 12 Apr 2024
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — If the choice was death or a bullet to the leg, Yevgeny would take the bullet ...It’s not safe to stay in Kazakhstan,” Ziganshin said ... In fact, deserters have been seized by Russian forces in Armenia, deported from Kazakhstan and turned up dead, riddled with bullets, in Spain....

CSTO considers expansion amid global shifts

China.dot.org 28 Mar 2024
The CSTO currently comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan ... The fact is that in the conditions of the breakdown of the old world order, accompanied by ......

No, this video of bombings wasn’t actually filmed in Russia

The Observers 27 Mar 2024
The footage was filmed during protests in Kazakhstan two years ago ... Turns out, however, this footage was filmed in Kazakhstan two years ago ... It was first posted online two years ago and shows a road in Kazakhstan where protesters set cars on fire. The fact-check, in detail....