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Nazarbayev explains the need to switch to Latin alphabet, urges preservation of national identity and “modernization of public conscience”
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Nazarbayev explains the need to switch to Latin alphabet, urges preservation of national identity and “modernization of public conscience”

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his recent article “The Course towards Future: Modernization of Public Conscience,” urged to switch to the Latin alphabet. His article has stupefied numerous experts in Kazakhstan and terrified Russian pundits – who see the step as “provocative” and “alienating” from the Russian influence. And to top it off, Kyrgyzstan announced of the same intentions the next day.  

21-04-2017, 12:17
Central Asia is progressing in UN Human Development Index
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Central Asia is progressing in UN Human Development Index

Despite many challenges, it seems some measure of progress is being made across Central Asia. In numerous international metrics systems, the states of Central Asia often trend together toward the lower rungs of the rankings. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, for instance, sees all five Central Asian states come in among the bottom third globally. Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, meanwhile, sees only Kyrgyzstan land within the top 100 nations, and only North Korea and Eritrea scoring worse than Turkmenistan.