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Synonyms for Astana

remote city of Kazakhstan that (ostensibly for security reasons) was made the capital in 1998

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Indeed, there are many opportunities to learn about the difficult legacy of Soviet oppression at historical gulag sites around Astana, including ALZHIR, the Akmolinsk Camp for Wives of Traitors to the Motherland.
In the 19th century Akmolinsk was a large commercial and a major agricultural center of the steppe.
To stake Kazakhstan's claim to these northern territories, the first Kazakh president Nazarbaev moved in 1998 his country's capital from the southern city of Almaty northward to the Russian city of Akmolinsk in the forbidding steppe of Virgin Lands, and renamed the city Astana (which literally means the Capital in the Kazakh language).
In 1824, Siberian Cossacks from Omsk founded a fortress on the upper Ishim River named Akmolinsk, which is known today as Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
For instance, the Kirghiz regions of Semipalatinsk and Akmolinsk had 2,853 Orthodox congregants.