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Kazakhstan’s capital gets cultish re-brand

The first policy move by the new interim president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, was the kind of bombshell few national leaders would drop. Immediately after his inauguration on March 20th, he proposed renaming the capital city – from Astana to Nur-Sultan (“Sultan of Light”) – in honor of semi-retiring strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev, his mentor. In a […]