Kazakhstan

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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In the Shadow of Russia: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Central Asia

Bitter Winter English 07 Dec 2022
Police raid on the headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kazakhstan, May 17, 2017 ... The largest and richest (because of oil and gas) of the five countries, Kazakhstan, is as large as all Western Europe, and has a population of 19 million ... Map of the five states of Central Asia ... The Religious Center of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Almaty, Kazakhstan....
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How Russian ally Kazakhstan is taking a stand against the Ukraine war

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Kazakhstan' President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during their meeting at Moscow's Kremlin on February 10, 2022. MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images) Russian ally Kazakhstan has been subtle but firm in its opposition to the Ukraine war ... Google Maps....

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