Astana: Laying The Golden Egg

Kazakhstan’s new capital, Astana, celebrates its 15th anniversary this month, a monument to the hubris of Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev. “Astana has all the weirdness of Pyongyang and little of the human scale of Canberra. It is a collection of monuments and boulevards on a scale that screams L’état, c’est moi. The president surveys his city from his marble-clad, blue-and-gold-domed palace” (780 words)

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