Kazakhstan Gallery

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Shymkent
Shymkent

Soviet-era ceremonial space

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Shymkent
Shymkent

Centrepiece in the Museum of Victims of Political Repression shows martyrs being restrained by a Soviet banner or decapitated by the Red Star of Battle

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Turkistan
Turkistan

On an obligatory field trip schoolgirls wear uniforms like milkmaids in mourning

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Turkistan
Turkistan

A murder of crows circle the Yasaui Mausoleum

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Almaty
Almaty

Zelyoni (Green) Bazaar at dawn

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Almaty
Almaty

Zenkov Cathedral

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Almaty
Almaty

Replica of the Golden Man, part of the Monument to Independence, Republika Alangy

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Aralsk
Aralsk

Main Bazaar

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Aralsk
Aralsk

President Nazarbayev photoshopped into a dream of the Aral Sea

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Zhalanash
Zhalanash

The ghosts of sailors haunt a ship cemetery on the former Aral seabed

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Tastubek Bay
Tastubek Bay

Boats lilting on the Small Aral Sea

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Butokov Bay
Butokov Bay

Abandoned Barge rusting in the Small Aral Sea

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Artesian Well
Artesian Well
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Akbasty
Akbasty

A compound on the main drag in the village of Akbasty

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Kok Aral Dam
Kok Aral Dam

Saviour of the Small Aral Sea

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Karateren
Karateren
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All images copyright Stephen M. Bland