News from the Heart of Eurasia

KAZAKHSTAN

Dr Shahid Qureshi

Dr Shahid Qureshi 4 October 1965 – 10 February 2022 Open Central Asia Magazine was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden demise of one

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INTERVIEW

I Can Fly

Oksana Zhukova is a multi-talented, multi-award-winning creative person who cannot but fail to impress you when you meet her. She is General Director of the

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KAZAKHSTAN

At Historic Crossroads

It is going to be exactly 30 years since the state entity called the USSR disappeared from the map of the world. What is interesting

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OCA#41

STEPPE PHILOSOPHY

The world of space of Armat Bektas is mostly linear, at the subconscious level he structures everything according to the principle of harmonizing reality of

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OCA#41

PAINTER FROM THE BIRTH

INTERVIEW: DARYA ZALESSKAYA OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activity / work. Darya Zalesskaya: My name is Zalesskaya Daria and I

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OCA#40

FROM ZERO TO HERO

OR 12 GW OF RENEWABLE POWER CAPACITY IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS Can it be possible for a country to go from zero to climate

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ART

TRANSCENDENTAL ART

INTERVIEW WITH IGOR GUSHCHIN OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activity / workIgor Gushchin: The sphere in which I work is

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ART

MARGARITA YAGUDAEVA

EVERYTHING THAT IS IMAGINABLE – IS POSSIBLE OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activityMargarita Yagudaeva: I was born in Tashkent, the

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ART

TAINA KAUNIS

I ALWAYS WAS CREATIVE IN SOME WAY OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activityTatiana Kaunis: Historically I always was creative in

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OCA#38

THE ROAD TO GROWTH

Prior to 2020, Uzbekistan was one of the fastest growing travel destinations in the world, with the surge in visitors arriving beyond even the highest

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COVID-19

OCA #38 EDITORS WORD

Dear Reader, The global vaccination campaign is underway – it is the only realistic way out of the horrendous impact of the novel coronavirus that

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MOLDOVA

THE DIVINITY OF COGNAC

In Moldova the term Divin (distilled wine) is used to denote a local cognac made by the classical French production process (a method of double

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UZBEKISTAN

Attention! All Aboard

250km/h, speed of Uzbekistan’s finest train, the Afrosiyob The early morning sun shone definitively through the dust-covered, weathered window pane, as our train trundled through

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KAZAKHSTAN

Forging Ahead Despite the Headwinds

Interview: Erlan Idrissov Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom AlthoughKazakhstan’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, H.E. Erlan Idrissov, came from a creative and academic

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TURKMENISTAN

AWARD-WINNING ASHGABAT

The fact that numerous erected buildings in Ashgabat city have become award-winning architectural competitions held at the international level, serves as clear evidence of the

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: KHALIDA AKHMEDZHANOVA

OCA Magazine:  Tell us about yourself and your work/creativity Khalida Abdulkhakovna: My life was such that literature was my teacher. Our class teacher, Lidia Afanasyevna

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: ILONA REEVES

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work Ilona Reeves: I am a musician, social activist, teacher and writer. Since my early

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: CAROLINE WALTON

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity/work Caroline Walton: A Londoner born and bred, I am a Russian to English translator and editor.

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: ZAURE TOREKHAN

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative activity Zaure Torekhan: My name is Zaure Torekhan, I am a writer and screenwriter, author of

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: XANDRA SILANTYE

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work? Xandra Silantyeis : I’m a writer, composer, journalist, screenwriter, director, author of psi-projects: “Pregnant

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: NATALIE BAYS

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work Natalie Bays: I am a cultural project manager based in the outskirts of East

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: NADIA OLEFIR

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative work Nadia Olefir: My main profession is graphic designer. I live in the environment of fonts,

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: ALISA ALTA

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your activity / work Alisa Alta: I started writing a book to recover from a hard day’s work.

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: ELENA LOBOVA

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative activity Elena Lobova : My creative work started with drawings. I started drawing when I was

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: LAURA HAMILTON

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative activity Laura Hamilton: As director of the prestigious Collins Gallery at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow,

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: MIKHAIL ANANOV

OCA Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your creative work. Mikhail Ananov: I’m a poet, a poetry translator, prose writer, playwright, literary critic, journalist, publicist,

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OCA PEOPLE

OCA PEOPLE: GUMER KARIMOV

OCA Magazine: What is “Eurasianism” for you? Gumer Karimov: This is everything for me: the philosophy of life, its meaning, my whole worldview. I am

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