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POLITICS

Nazarbayev, Putin Meet in Astana, Attend Kazakh-Russian Interregional Cooperation Forum

In Brussels, FM Idrissov Promotes Ties with EU, Pledges Continued Support for Afghanistan

Astana Regrets Breakdown in U.S.-Russia Cooperation on Syria

ECONOMY

Petrochemical Day Invest 2016 Kicks off in Atyrau

Light Rail Coming to Astana in 2018, Other Transit Upgrades in Process

CULTURE, SOCIETY AND SPORTS

Astana Opera Opens Season with Annual Silk Road Festival

Eurasia International Film Festival Brings Movies to the Masses

POLITICS

Nazarbayev, Putin Meet in Astana, Attend Kazakh-Russian Interregional Cooperation Forum

Astana Times, 5 October 2016

ASTANA � Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral cooperation, regional and global issues on the sidelines of the Oct. 4 13th Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia, according to the press service of the Akorda. The forum was held under the theme Development of the transport and logistics potential of the Eurasian space.

The governments of our states have worked well in order to implement the agreements reached at the previous forum in Sochi. Today, the forum will bring together 900 businessmen from the two countries. We have already reached certain agreements as the result of negotiations between the heads of neighbouring regions of Kazakhstan and Russia. All of this evidences our high-level of bilateral relations, Nazarbayev said.

Putin expressed gratitude for the warm reception and noted the two states are strategic partners.

We interact in almost all areas. At this interregional forum organised on your initiative, Russia is represented by 400 businessmen, who work directly with Kazakhstan. The theme of the forum is important and useful for the development of transport and logistics infrastructure in our region, Putin noted.

More than 1,300 representatives of Russian and Kazakh government agencies, quasi-public sector and business circles attended the forum to discuss expanding trade and investment.

Nazarbayev told the forum that Russia is an important strategic, trade and economic partner of Kazakhstan.

This forum contributes to the continuation of our mutually beneficial wide range business cooperation. The volume of bilateral trade in the first half of this year amounted to nearly $6 billion. At the same time, this index declined by 30 percent in comparison with the pre-crisis period. In many ways, such dynamics are associated with a number of global external circumstances, Nazarbayev noted.

Nazarbayev stressed the need to develop bilateral economic cooperation.

There are more than six thousand joint ventures operating in Kazakhstan. A large number of bilateral investment projects are being implemented. In particular, the petrochemical, mining and metallurgical complex. At the moment, we have more than 60 projects worth $20 billion, the promotion of which will be supported, he informed.

Nazarbayev also pointed out the considerable potential for cooperation expansion.

We are working within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). A free trade agreement was concluded with Vietnam. There are similar talks held with China, South Korea and Singapore. Countries like India, Egypt, Iran, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and others intend to develop cooperation with EAEU. We purposefully form the common rules of the game, which are clear to all producers and investors. By investing into Kazakhstan’s economy, Russian business will be in almost ‘home’ conditions for itself. The mutual interest of our countries lies in the creation of powerful transport and logistics infrastructure between Europe and Asia, he underlined.

Nazarbayev drew attention to Kazakhstan’s efforts to improve the investment climate and diversify the economy.

He talked about Kazakhstan’s economy modernisation, including tax regime liberalisation, implementation of the next phase of the large-scale privatisation and creation of two innovative clusters in Astana and Almaty.

In addition, Nazarbayev reminded about the creation of the Astana International Financial Centre and holding EXPO 2017 in the Kazakh capital.

Later, panel sessions discussed developing the transport and logistic potential between Kazakhstan and Russia, and eliminating trade barriers.

More than 30 bilateral agreements on projects in priority sectors, such as food, chemistry, metallurgy, innovations, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutics and production of construction materials were signed.

In Brussels, FM Idrissov Promotes Ties with EU, Pledges Continued Support for Afghanistan

Astana Times, 6 October 2016

Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov attended multiple conferences in Brussels Oct. 4-5 with European Union and international officials, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

Idrissov and Foreign Minister of Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak chaired the Oct. 4 15th meeting of the Cooperation Council between Kazakhstan and the EU. Slovakia holds the rotating presidency in the EU in the second half of 2016.

It was the first council meeting following the signing and beginning of the provisional application of the new Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) between Kazakhstan and the European Union.

The EPCA has very a big chapter dedicated to trade and economic cooperation. Europe is our main trade partner and the source of foreign investments. Therefore, this sphere has been outlined at the new Agreement. Overall, the EPCA covers 29 spheres of interaction, Idrissov said.

The participants discussed trade, investments, development of energy and transport, as well as environmental protection. They also discussed political cooperation, including human rights protections, the rule of law and good governance, internal reforms and combating new threats.

Special attention was paid to simplifying the visa regime for Kazakh citizens traveling to the EU as well as providing Kazakhstan with a market economy status.

The cooperation council stressed the role of the newly established cooperation committee in trade configuration, which will address trade, economic and investment cooperation. The agreement also establishes a new subcommittee on customs cooperation.

The potential of trade, economic and investment cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU is far from being used in full. The main objective of the established structures should be further development of this potential and assistance in the implementation of the EPCA, Idrissov said.

Representatives from the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, the Ministry for Investments and Development, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Justice, the National Security Committee and the National Centre for Human Rights also attended the event.

Following the meeting, the sides agreed to continue the council’s work and maintain contact.

Earlier on the same day, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov, Kyrgyzstan � Erlan Abdyldaev, Tajikistan � Sirodjidin Aslov, Turkmenistan � Rashid Meredov and Uzbekistan � Abdulaziz Kamilov met at the EU � Central Asia Ministerial Meeting. The sides discussed relations in the framework of the EU Strategy for Central Asia initiated in 2007 and renewed in 2015 for the period until 2020.

Our cooperation with our partners in Central Asia covers a lot of areas, with an eye also on the security challenges. We share a common neighbourhood, we share deep links and that is why we are engaged more than ever in expanding and enhancing our relations, Mogherini said, according to eeas.europa.eu.

The meeting covered trade and economic cooperation, as well as regional cooperation in energy, environment, water resources, border security and combating drug trafficking. The parties also exchanged views on Afghanistan, Iran, and other topics of regional security.

On the same day, Idrissov took part in the 18th meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club (BEC) held under the theme EU � Central Asia Energy dialogue.

The German side was represented by Executive Director of the Committee for Eastern European Economic Relations Michael Harms, official German representative to the EU Political and Security Committee Michael Flugger, former German Minister of Economy Michael Glos, former State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior of Germany August Hanning, as well as other officials and representatives of leading European companies working in the production and transportation of conventional and renewable energy sources.

Idrissov informed participants about the socio-economic development of Kazakhstan in the context of reforms held in the country and priorities of cooperation with the EU. Particular attention was paid to interaction in renewable energy sources in relation to the upcoming international exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana.

Flugger praised the measures taken by Kazakhstan to ensure European energy security and diversification of transport routes for these purposes. The German diplomat welcomed the conclusion of the EPCA between the EU and Kazakhstan.

Glos emphasised the role of the Berlin Eurasian Club initiated by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2012 to facilitate dialogue between East and West and expand economic cooperation between the EU and Central Asia.

During the event, representatives of German and Kazakh think tanks and energy companies gave detailed reports.

Finally, the Kazakh delegation led by Idrissov participated Oct. 5 in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan organised by the EU and the government of Afghanistan.

The conference gathered high-level representatives from more than 70 countries and 30 international organisations to hear Afghan leaders present their vision of the future and track record on reform. President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah represented Afghanistan.

The conference reviewed joint international and Afghan efforts to increase sustained international support and funding on the basis of a new Afghan national development framework.

Kazakhstan, as well as the entire international community is committed to the safe and economically sustainable development of Afghanistan, Idrissov said at the conference, adding that peace in Afghanistan will positively affect Central Asia.

This international conference that is hold once in two years plays a very important role. Its main purpose is to once again prove and ensure international support and assistance to Afghanistan, including financial, political, technical and military areas. Idrissov told the Kazakh media.

In his remarks at the conference, Idrissov noted that Kazakhstan continues to provide political and practical support to the efforts of Kabul and the international community. He said the national agency of official development assistance KazAID that is being created in Kazakhstan will be mostly focusing on Afghanistan and regional projects. In addition, Idrissov informed about the pilot project of Kazakh official development assistance to improve the economic independence and rights of Afghan women, which was launched in August jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He mentioned that Kazakhstan continues to provide university grants to young Afghans in the frame of the 50-million-dollar educational programme initiated by Nazarbayev in 2009. This programme has already provided training to 1,000 Afghans and will now be extended to 2022, Idrissov said.

Following the meeting, the minister announced that Kazakhstan will allocate $2 million to support the projects of Afghan security forces. He also stressed that Kazakhstan intends to focus on solving the problems of Central Asia, including the stabilisation of Afghanistan, during its 2017-2018 membership in the UN Security Council.

Astana Regrets Breakdown in U.S.-Russia Cooperation on Syria

Astana Times, 5 October 2016

In an Oct. 5 statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan expressed its deep regret regarding the announced termination of cooperation between the United States and Russia on the settlement of the situation in Syria.

Such scenario is fraught with further bloodshed and human losses in this long-suffering country, it jeopardises all the previous agreements and prospects for achievement of a settlement in the foreseeable future. We are very anxious about disagreements between the two major powers such as Russian and the U.S. and deepening break in finding solutions on regulation of Syrian crisis. This circumstance will not be helpful in de-escalation of the conflict and achieving stability in the whole region of the Middle East, the statement said.

As noted in the Sept.10, 2016 statement of the Foreign Ministry, Kazakhstan supported the agreement between Russia and the U.S. on development of the general settlement plan on Syrian crisis. We are deeply concerned that this plan, which gave hope for peace in Syria, was not implemented, it continued.

According to the announcement, the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the soonest resumption of negotiations between Russian and the U.S. on the issue in order to prevent further escalation of the humanitarian crisis, as well as end the suffering of the Syrian people.

Earlier, Russia and the U.S agreed on a new plan to reduce violence in the Syrian conflict Sept. 9 in Geneva. The agreement was reached after 10 months of unsuccessful attempts to halt the fighting and of suspended efforts to reach a political settlement to an increasingly complex conflict that began more than five years ago.

The U.S. is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the Cessation of Hostilities, the U.S. Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said Oct. 3. The announcement came on the heels of various attacks and bombings in Syria in recent days which ended in mutual recriminations between the U.S. and Russia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has noted that Russia did not give up after the U.S. decision and it would continue efforts to settle the Syrian crisis within the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and the UN Security Council. According to Lavrov, the crisis can be resolved only by joint efforts, otherwise everything would come down to attempts of military scenario, reported tass.com Oct. 4.

ECONOMY

Petrochemical Day Invest 2016 Kicks off in Atyrau

Astana Times, 4 OCTOBER 2016

Atyrau, the oil capital of Kazakhstan, held its inaugural regional investment forum gathering experts of the petrochemical industry on Sept. 30. The event sought to attract small and medium businesses to the industry to operate in the special economic zone (SEZ).

The region has been a leader in attracting investments over the last few years. The volume of investments in fixed assets amounted to about $4 billion for eight months of 2016. External investments reached nearly $2.5 billion. Today, over 6,000 industrial enterprises work in the region, said Akim (Governor) Nurlan Nogayev.

The forum was organised by the city administration, Atyrau region administration and United Chemical Company (UCC). The event brought together a number of experts in the petrochemical industry, government officials and representatives of small and medium-sized businesses. The event was also very interesting for foreign and local investors.

Nogayev, Ambassador of Iran to Kazakhstan Mojtaba Damirchilu, Business Women of Kazakhstan President Raushan Sarsembayeva, Development Bank of Kazakhstan Chairman Bolat Zhamishev and Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund Chairman Kanysh Tuleushin were active participants in the forum.

The main task of the organisers was attracting business people in the petrochemical industry to operate in the National Industrial Petrochemical Technology Park SEZ in the Atyrau region. Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund, KAZNEX INVEST (the national agency for export and investment), the National Agency for Technological Development, Kazakhstan Centre of Public-Private Partnership and other organisations have supported the project.

UCC Chairman Zhenis Oserbai emphasised the high potential of the industry in Kazakhstan and reported on the activities of the company, which supports projects in petrochemical production. The company strives to make the Atyrau region a centre of petrochemistry and develop small and medium-sized businesses.

One of the best examples is Polymer Production, which has successfully operated in the SEZ since 2015. The company has produced the first biaxially-oriented polypropylene film (BOPP film), polypropylene bags and plastic film.

In early September, Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries Inc. and China Development Bank signed a loan agreement for $2 billion and announced construction of a gas chemical complex. The facility is expected to produce polypropylene in the amount of 500,000 tonnes per year.

The Special Service Centre was organised by Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund, KAZNEX INVEST, the National Agency for Technological Development, Kazakhstan Centre of Public-Private Partnership, Kazakhstan Institute for Industry Development, Atyrau region Chamber of Entrepreneurs and National Agency for Local Content Development (NADLoC). Centre experts provided consultation and guidance to business people.

UCC, established in 2009 by order of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, is part of the Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund. The company operates to advance the petrochemical industry, working on diversification, modernisation and sustainable development of the field. The company is also responsible for attracting investments and support for small and medium-sized businesses. Its total pool of projects has reached $11.2 billion in the organics sector and $459 million in the non-organic sector.

Light Rail Coming to Astana in 2018, Other Transit Upgrades in Process

Astana Times, 30 September 2016

A light rail tram will be introduced in Astana in 2018, Astana Akim (Mayor) Asset Issekeshev announced at the Trends in Transport Complex Development Conference held Sept. 26 in the capital.

The launch of the light rail tram is one of the city’s important projects. In the first stage, a 22.4-kilometre route will connect the international airport, the expo area, Nazarbayev University, Abu Dhabi Plaza and the House of Ministries and go on to a final stop at the new railway station. The system includes 18 closed stations with passenger turnover capacity of up to 150,000 people a day, said Issekeshev.

The conference, organised with the support of the Astana akimat (city administration), the International Association of Public Transport and the Astana LRT company, gathered leading experts from more than 10 countries to discuss ongoing and potential modernisation projects in Astana’s rail, bus and private car transport.

Astana’s rapid expansion requires new approaches in transportation management, Issekeshev said, noting that authorities had started studying other cities’ experiences and searching for appropriate programmes over recent years.

The population has tripled and exceeded one million, and the number of cars increased as the city became the capital of Kazakhstan. The rate of motorisation is more than double annual population growth. Today, there are more than 350,000 cars in Astana. This number reaches half a million when coupled with transit vehicles. It puts a huge burden on the infrastructure system and causes major traffic congestion, said Issekeshev.

Astana’s transport system is being updated now, and includes the development of public transport and information technology systems to support traffic management, as well as the introduction of prohibitions and restrictions (on the entry of freight transport, for example).

Priority in transport will be given to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users and only then to car drivers, in keeping with international trends.

We plan to construct and reconstruct about 50 infrastructure objects, including 25 roads, six bridges and nine road junctions as part of the road network development. Currently we are collaborating with the government on funding, said Issekeshev.

Completed modernisation projects were also reviewed at the event, including the new traffic management centre, which monitors Astana’s transport space to help manage traffic efficiently. There are 1,140 buses in Astana. Currently 35 percent of them are modernised and additional 25 percent are scheduled to be modernised as well by the end of 2017. And in the next five years all buses are to be updated.

All bus stops will be equipped with tactile tiles and all buses with ramps. The mobile application Astra Bus, which helps passengers plan trips, has already been launched and will be operating at full capacity in October.

A unified taxi service with a single control centre will be launched soon.

An intelligent transport system is being introduced in the city and already operates 42 traffic lights. The whole city will be covered by 2019.

According to Public Transport International Association General Secretary Alan Flaush, new technologies will help public transport become more efficient.

Only 33 percent of your population uses public transport on a daily basis. This figure reaches large numbers in other cities. You need more opportunities, as Astana is growing. I’m pleased to be here and be part of the LRT project which will be implemented next year. If there is a developed management system, the city will not depend on cars, said Flaush.

Flaush spoke about ways to raise funds for public transport.

Money raised locally is extremely important for reinvestments in infrastructure. Growth calls for the transfer of powers to ensure the active participation of direct and indirect beneficiaries. New trends towards that � parking policies and payroll taxes � are the subject of much interest, said Flaush.

Alternative models of financing public transport using intelligent transport systems, global experience with light rail systems, the role of taxis in growing cities, the feasibility of bus rapid transit and smart parking were also discussed at the conference.

CULTURE, SOCIETY AND SPORTS

Astana Opera Opens Season with Annual Silk Road Festival

Astana Times, 5 October 2016

Astana Opera is presenting an incredible programme encompassing a roster of national and international performances, instrumental music concert series and acclaimed ballet productions Sept. 22-Nov. 15 as part of the third Silk Road International Musical Festival.

Abai, a Kazakh operatic masterpiece created by distinguished composers Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi, was staged on the opening evening. Presented in collaboration with Italian and Kazakh production groups, the play wowed the audience with its rich decoration, beautiful costumes, 3D effects and excellent soloists’ performances. Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Nurlan Bekmukhambetov performed the title part.

Puccini’s Madame Butterfly featuring People’s Artist of Belarus Nina Sharubina and Boris Asafiev’s The Fountain of Bakhchisarai with the participation of international competition laureate Lyudmila Khitrova and Honoured Artist of Belarus Oleg Eromkin were also staged the first week.

The performance was prima ballerina Khitrova’s debut appearance on the stage of the capital’s theatre.

I’m delighted to take part in the festival. I was born in Kazakhstan and spent part of my childhood in Karaganda. We are full of positive emotions, she said.

The ballet’s choreography is characterised by the opposition of classical dancing to oriental, expressing the dissimilarity between the two worlds.

The theatre’s entire troupe was involved in the play. Anel Rustemova performed the part of Zarema and Honoured Artist of Kazakhstan Zhandos Aubakirov and Doszhan Tabyldy played the parts of Khan Girei and Nurali, respectively.

The most anticipated production, Verdi’s La Traviata starring Honoured Artist of Ukraine Zoya Rozhok, Belarusian Bolshoi Theatre soloist Yuri Gorodetsky and local vocalists, will be held Oct. 7.

I’m honoured to participate in the Silk Road Festival. I represent the National Opera of Ukraine at the event. ‘La Traviata’ is one of my most loved and favourite opera characters. I want the audience to feel the depth and richness of the inner world of my character. I strive to show that she is sincere, bright, tender, vulnerable, but at the same time is a proud and incredibly strong woman behind the mask of a carefree and glitzy one. In the name of love, she oversteps herself by agreeing on a treacherous offer from Germont and renounces her love. In fact, Violetta is faithful and true to herself. Her deep feeling is the meaning of her life, said Rozhok.

The singer added it is important to create a lively, emotionally-rich personality full of internal and external contradictions.

I aspire to use all the colours of my lyric coloratura soprano, my stage experience and artistic skills. I want to make the listener love my character and understand her as Giuseppe Verdi succeeded to show the nobility and strength of a woman’s love which she is able to defend to the last moment of her life, Rozhok said.

Carmina Burana, one of the most popular works by Carl Orff, will premiere Oct. 18 as part of the Spiritual Culture World Forum. The choral piece, grouped into Spring, In the Tavern and The Court of Love, will be performed by the Astana Opera soloists, chorus and symphony orchestra under the guidance of Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Abzal Mukhitdinov.

Virtuoso South Korean pianist Kun-woo Paik will give a concert Nov. 4 with the assistance of the Korean Embassy. He won the gold medal at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano. He has appeared on some of the world’s foremost stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, Wigmore Hall and Berlin Philharmonic. His repertoire is varied and sometimes unexpected.

Concerts with the participation of well-known artists from Italy and Russia are also anticipated on the stage of the Astana Opera Chamber Hall.

The series began Sept. 18 with famous Russian musician, soloist and first violin of Moscow Virtuosi orchestra and Honoured Artist of Russia Alexei Lundin presenting violin concerts by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schnittke and Vivaldi.

It was followed Oct. 4 by a concert by brilliant conductor and People’s Artist of Russia Sergei Roldugin featuring the works of the great classics, including Mozart’s Little Night Music and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. The event was organised in cooperation with the Kazakh National University of Arts.

The Venetian Sounds of Oboe, highlighting international competition laureate and La Scala Opera House orchestra first oboe Gianfranco Bortolato and the Astana Opera Chamber Orchestra, will be held Oct. 30.

Eurasia International Film Festival Brings Movies to the Masses

Astana Times, 6 October 2016

More than 120 films were shown at 20 different venues during this year’s Eurasia International Film Festival in Almaty, with viewings drawing more than 70 international guests to the Sept. 24�30 event.

Grand Prix goes to House of Others

This year’s festival was organised with the theme, Love is the foundation of human life and a path for the harmonisation of cultures.

For this year’s festival, the 12th iteration of the event, a more democratic format was used, and films were shown for free in public spaces.

We are seeking to reach everyone who appreciates and loves the cinema, who sees films as a source of imagery, inspiration and aesthetic pleasure, to use this unique opportunity, said president of the Eurasia Film Festival Rashid Nugumanov in an August announcement about the festival.

The new format was received very positively in Almaty. Everything went very well. We are receiving really good feedback from visitors. They say the programme was really interesting. The fact that films were shown for free [increased] the flow of viewers a lot, programme director of the festival Yelena Larionova told The Astana Times.

Now, we are even receiving requests from places where the films were shown to meet them with distributors, because the screenings went so well so they want to repeat them, she added.

Larionova said screenings of both feature films and short films in the competition were very popular � so much so that some screenings were standing room only. Screenings of films not in the Eurasia competition, (the Panorama portion of the festival) but which had won prizes at other festivals, were also well attended, she said.

As part of the Panorama there were films from Asia (After the Storm, Sleepless, Nay, Tharlo and more), Europe (One of Us, Blind Sun, Zero, Dark Diamonds and more), the Arab world (Rattle the Cage, Clash, Road to Istanbul and more), America (Paulina, Before the Streets, Endless Poetry, Radio Dreams) and Australia (Last Cab to Darwin).

The international jury for this year’s film contest consisted of recognised professionals such as Valeriy Todorovskiy of Russia, Reza Mirkarimi of Iran, Ning Ying of China, Aktan Arym Kubat, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov of Kyrgyzstan and Grimur Hakonarson of Iceland.

The grand prix of the festival in feature films went to House of Others, directed by Rasudan Glurjidze, which also took the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) prize.

Adilkhan Yerzhanov was recognised as best director for the film The Plaque at the Karatas Village.

Yuri Pomerantsev won for best actor for his work in Once a Week, directed by Igor Piskunov, and Emmanuelle Devos took best actress for her role in Moka by Frederic Mermoud.

The jury’s special prize went to Area by Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio of the Philippines.

The short film competition was judged by a different jury. There, the main prize went to Kazakh director Darkhan Tulegenov and his film The Ray of the Rising Sun.

Famous Wounded Angel by Emir Baigazin received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award.

My Friend Raffi was named best film for kids. It was directed by Arend Agthe.

The Red Fox by Alexandra Strelyanaya took the prize for best script among movies for children.

A special prize, History and Personality was given to the documentary With Nazarbayev, to the Point, based on the exclusive interview of the Kazakh President with journalist Yerlan Bekkhozhin.

In the film, the President of Kazakhstan openly talks about the times and about himself. [He] honestly remembers the past, sincerely talks about the present and with great enthusiasm talks about the future of Kazakhstan. Through the simple � at first glance � questions, the viewer gets comprehensive answers to many topical questions, notes the website of the Akorda presidential administration.

The Eurasia International Film Festival is organised under the patronage of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Culture and Sport.

The Eurasia Film Festival brings to life the idea of a multi-polar and multi-cultural world. Such large-scale projects draw the attention of a wide international public and, of course, are very important in strengthening the international cultural and humanitarian cooperation of

Kazakhstan and the global community, said Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly.

Source: Embassy of Kazakhstan in Canada

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