Adopted in January, the ban, which prohibits any kind of religiously affiliated clothing, has not deterred students from wearing hijabs until now.
Observers feel a guilty verdict is inevitable, as critics accuse government of launching a smear campaign against activists through friendly media.
Human rights watchdogs are asking for their release, arguing that their protests did not breach any law.
The imprisonment of Seytkazy and Aset Matayev could spell the end of an institution that had served as a haven for independent reporters and activists.
Spanking new towns and ports are popping up along the route of China’s New Silk Road from Asia to the Caucasus and Europe.
The recent visit of the Kazakh president marks Belgrade’s ambitions for closer economic ties with the Eurasian Economic Union.
Local residents near the notorious Semipalatinsk testing ground say radiation has left a deadly toll of disease.
Recent surge in suicide rates among young women in southern province brings uncomfortable issues to the forefront of public debate.
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