Sarah Hedgecock · 05/27/14 01:02PM

An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch Thursday. Image via Dmitry Lovetsky/AP.

Sarah Hedgecock · 03/26/14 03:30PM

The Soyuz TMA-12M space ship, carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, blasts off at a Russian-leased cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Onboard are two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut. Image via Dmitry Lovetsky/AP.

Kanye West Got Paid By Kazakh Leader To Bore Everyone at Wedding

Max Rivlin-Nadler · 09/01/13 04:31PM

Maybe you're spending your Labor Day weekend on the beach, or in the woods, or in front of a computer. Either way, you're probably not being paid by a Kazakh autocrat to bore his grandson's wedding guests, because that is already what Kanye West is doing this weekend.

Kazakhstan Finally Responds to Borat With a Film of Their Own

Ena Brdjanovic · 10/19/10 05:05PM

It only took Kazakhstan four years to respond to Sasha Baron Cohen. My Brother Borat is an attempt to redeem Kazakhstan of the negative attention that has plighted the country since Cohen donned a bad mustache in 2006's Borat.

Sexy Spy Anna Chapman Spotted In Kazakhstan

Jeff Neumann · 10/08/10 04:21AM

You've probably been wondering where super hot Russian spy Anna Chapman has been, right? Well, she was spotted today at a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the launch of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is carrying Russians and Americans into space.

Well, It Takes the Focus Off of Your Face, I Guess

Max Read · 06/30/10 10:44PM

[Former boxer Mike Tyson, who is just a weird, sad dude, wore a traditional Kazakh costume to the Astana International Action Film Festival in Kazakhstan, where he presented Tyson. Yeah, I don't really know, either. Pic via AP]

Jay Leno Taking The Rest Of The Day Off

Hamilton Nolan · 06/17/08 08:49AM

"Kazakhstan's sole communication satellite, used by many of the nation's TV broadcasters, is out of control due to a computer glitch and may be lost altogether, officials said." At least they won't be able to see all the "Borat" jokes that are coming. Ha, who's running the space program over there, ha? [NYP]

Maybe Sacha Baron Cohen Wasn't Kidding

Doree Shafrir · 03/05/07 04:45PM

A tipster sends along an email that purports to be from the "Cultural Center of Kazakhstan," an outfit that appears to have a barely functioning website. The email announces the Center's upcoming project at the "Time Warnerer building" called "From Kazakhstan With Love." We were all set to chalk this up as some sort of Petrescu-sibling-esque joke, when we read on and discovered that maybe, sadly, there's nothing intentionally funny about this at all.