The Kazakhs and the Hare Krishnas

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Kazakhstan officials greet guests at the Kazakhstan Embassy’s Dec. 5 party marking the country’s 16th birthday. Pictured are (from left) Ambassador Erlan Idrissov, his wife, Nurilla, military attache Col. Assylbek Mendygaliez and his wife, Raushan, and political counselor Toleugazy Abzhanov. (Photo by Julia Duin)\
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\ \ A year later, the local government has refused to give the land back and has transferred it to the original farmer. An update is here. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan is planning for another religious congress in 2009. \ \ \ I really like Kazakhstan and hope to get back there sooner rather than later, albeit in warmer weather. It’s definitely a country in major transition. The fact that the newer publications are in three languages: Russian, Kazakh and English, show the country wants to become known to the wider world. And the sooner it distances itself from Soviet-style religious harassment, the better.\ \ \ — Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times

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Julia Duin

Julia Duin

Julia Duin is the Times' religion editor. She has a master's degree in religion from Trinity School for Ministry (an Episcopal seminary) and has covered the beat for three decades. Before coming to The Washington Times, she worked for five newspapers, including a stint as a religion writer for the Houston Chronicle and a year as city editor at the ...

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