By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
I am delighted to greet my readers from the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan is a contiguous transcontinental country in Central Asia, with its smaller part west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe. Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world; its territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres (1,053,000 sq mi) is larger than Western Europe. 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 17 million people (2013 estimate). Kazakhstan has the 62nd largest population in the world, though its population density is less than 6 people per square kilometre (15 per sq. mi.). The capital is Astana (previously Almaty).
The territory of Kazakhstan has historically been inhabited by nomadic tribes. By the 16th century, the Kazakhs emerged as a distinct group, divided into three jüz (ancestor branches occupying specific territories). The Russians began advancing into the Kazakh steppe in the 18th century, and by the mid-19th century all of Kazakhstan was part of the Russian Empire. Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, and subsequent civil war, the territory of Kazakhstan was reorganized several times before becoming the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic in 1936, a part of the Soviet Union.
Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991; the current President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has been leader of the country since 1990.
Kazakhstan is ethnically and culturally diverse, in part due to mass deportations of many ethnic groups to the country during Joseph Stalin’s rule. Kazakhstan has a population of 16.6 million, with 131 ethnicities, including Kazakh, Russian,Ukrainian, German, Uzbek, Tatar, and Uyghur. Around 63% of the population are Kazakhs. Kazakhstan allows freedom of religion. Islam is the religion of about 70% and Christianity is practiced by 26% of the population. The Kazakh language is the state language and Russian has the official status, equal to that of the Kazakh language when used in documentation of all levels. (Wikipedia).
One of the greatest satisfactions I experience by publishing my articles and commentaries, is to see readership grow in distant lands, where people hunger for the truth. Please join the international campaign Someone has to say the truth… and share it with everyone you know, because truth is contagious!
I am inspired by the thousands of readers who have found a home in this website. My prayers and best wishes are extended to all of you and your loved ones.– Marielena
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