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Old 04-02-2016, 11:21 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Astana (capital city)
It looks so cool and inviting in what looks like the early morning light and the greenery. I wouldn't want to live there, though. I hope that's one area of Russia/former USSR that is well-equipped with air-conditioning, unlike much of Russia.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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Astana has mostly been built since 2000 if I remember correctly so it should be well air conditioned. Heck with the increasing availability of mini-split air conditioners, air conditioning is now more limited by the availability of reliable electricity than cost even in war zones like Afghanistan.
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Astana must have one of the most extreme climates of any national capital city in the world, aside from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. It has similar monthly temperatures to Fargo, ND, but less precipitation, and record lows near -60 F! The summers look pretty warm for a latitude above 51 degrees - same parallel as Calgary, AB. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astana#Climate
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:46 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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IDK, why do you ask? I think global warming and increasing desertification aren't going to do it any favors. Politically, I wouldn't expect much change. Did you have some specific questions in mind?
Frankly, the reason that I asked this question is because Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana (which, for the record, was only made the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997, after which point its population significantly increased) looks extremely futuristic.
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:53 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Yep--Astana, the jewel of Central Asia!
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:42 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Thanks for the photos--they're beautiful!

I wish the OP would tell us why this topic was started. Is there something going on in Kazakhstan that leads him to question its course in the future? Aside from the usual political intrigue, haha.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:00 AM
 
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I think Kazakhstan is still related a lot to Russian Economy, and probably russia will decide Kaz's future
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:02 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I wish the OP would tell us why this topic was started. Is there something going on in Kazakhstan that leads him to question its course in the future? Aside from the usual political intrigue, haha.
I just really like Kazakhstan, OK? Indeed, in spite of the fact that he is a dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev is actually one of the (very) few dictators whom I actually like.
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Minsk, Belarus
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I think it's just the small newer part of Astana which is glitzy and ultra-modern.
Other than that, it's mostly a Soviet city with some renovation.
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:35 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I think it's just the small newer part of Astana which is glitzy and ultra-modern.
Other than that, it's mostly a Soviet city with some renovation.
How large (territorially-wise) is the modern part of Astana, though?
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