Somewhere In the Great Steppe, or SIGS, is an artistic and cultural centre in Kazakhstan’s former capital Almaty that’s playing host to a new wave of civically engaged and open-minded creatives as well as preserving Kazakh traditions. Valentina Michelotti reports on a welcome new addition to the city’s public life
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17 June 2013
Oleg Pavlov is one of the few new Russian writers published in English. So why is he such a reluctant figurehead?
28 July 2017
20 years ago, Kazakhstan switched its capital from historic Almaty to the modest northern town of Astana. Since then, something strange has grown up out of the steppe. Samuel Goff reports on a city caught between a forgotten past and an uncertain future.