Kazakhstan's President Needs to Go Easy on the Photoshopping

Before and after photos of Qasym-Zhomart Tokayev suggest the interim president’s appearance has been beautified.


This New Compilation Wants to Share Mongolian Folk Metal With the World

Stream 'Sound of the Raging Steppe,' a new compilation of five Mongolian and Kazakh folk-influenced heavy metal bands.


We Reviewed Literally Whatever You Sent Us, Volume 23

You're all on timeout after this one.


Photographing These Abandoned Space Shuttles Made Me a Russian Target

How one man broke into a secret facility housing the last of the Soviet Union's experimental space ships.


Sacha Baron Cohen Wants to Reimburse Tourists Fined for Wearing Borat's Mankini

The 'Borat'-loving tourists were arrested in Kazakhstan for dressing up like Cohen's character.


My Strange Winter with a Shaman in Kazakhstan

Photographer Denis Vejas documents the practices of one of the country's last Sufi dervishes.


How Does Kazakhstan Feel About 'Borat' Ten Years Later?

"It was a comedy—not a documentary."


Poland’s World Cup Qualifier Against Kazakhstan: Elbows, Chokeholds and a Bloody Nose

Things got really fucking tetchy between Poland and Kazakhstan on Sunday evening. Like, really fucking tetchy.


The Grueling Lives of Foreign Students Who Spend Summers Working in America

They go to the best universities in their home countries. But in America, they're just "the help."


Plutonium in the Hills: How Do You Keep Nuclear Secrets Buried Forever?

Decades after the fall of Soviet Union, scientists are working to determine the lasting environmental effects of Soviet nuclear testing in Kazakhstan.


Kazakhstan Thinks It Finally Figured Out the Source of That Weird Sleeping Sickness

The government believes the culprit was carbon monoxide from uranium mines in the area.