Photo Gallery: Looking to the Future in Kazakhstan
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Photo Gallery: Looking to the Future in Kazakhstan

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Dreaming of Snow Leopards Nazarbayev Dictates a Bright Future for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has oil, coal and uranium -- and a capital full of stunning architecture. President Nursultan Nazarbayev hopes his country can become the region's leading economy, but his heavy-handed cult of personality is not universally welcomed. Others worry about China's growing influence.
Von Erich Follath und Christian Neef
Translated from the German by Paul Cohen