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Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Calls for Change to Open Up to Western Companies

During an awards ceremony on 6 December dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence and the presentation of the “New Map of Industrialization of Kazakhstan,” part of an ongoing public relations campaign to highlight Nurly Zhol (“Bright Path”) and other state-led development plans, President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave a speech that included unusually hostile references to Russian influence in the country. Though his criticism centered on tsarist-era Russia, and not the Soviet or post-Soviet period, he castigated the tsars for plundering Kazakhstan’s riches, leaving “turned-over soil and dust” for the Kazakhs.


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