Expo 2017: Astana Unveiled

The beautified Kazakh capital is ready for global attention.

The opening of Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, marks the post-Soviet country’s coming out on the world stage. The fair is giving “Kazakhstan a face, a name, an image,” Hans Driesser, a Dutch diplomat, told the Astana Times this year. An area of indoor beach resorts and oil money about equidistant from Moscow and New Delhi, the Astana region was best known as the site of a Gulag for the wiv...

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