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Kazakhstan's capital city will be renamed in Nursultan

Kazakhstan's capital gets a new name: Astana future is hot Nursultan. This is the first name of longtime ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was recently retired after 30 years as President.

Astana is Nursultan: Kazakhstan's new President Kassym-Schomart Tokaev sealed has by law the renaming of the capital Astana officially. The office of the President of the Ex-divided Republic with Soviet on its website. The state Agency Kazinform published the corresponding text of the law.

renaming in a hurry

Nursultan - this is the first name of longtime ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev. He had stated on Tuesday after nearly 30 years in Power, surprising for his resignation. Already a day later, his Confidant Tokaev took office and proposed the new name for the capital. Then, the two chambers of the Kazakh Parliament decided on the Amendment.

in Contrast, there were media reports in recent days in the oil-rich steppe of state isolated protests. Several protesters were arrested during a rally in Almaty, the economic capital of the oil-rich Central Asian country.

In protests against the renaming of a number of people were arrested.


Nursultan since 1997, is the capital of the Central Asian country renamed. It was renamed several times in the past. First of all, it was called Akmolinsk, from 1961, Tselinograd, and in 1992, Akmola, and in 1998 Astana and, now, Nursultan.

Such Ehrbekundungen on the territory of the former Soviet Union have a long Tradition. So, too, the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin since 1925, the name giver of the city of Stalingrad - which was renamed in the Wake of de-Stalinization in Volgograd.

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