ALZHIR, the Soviets and Democracy
I put up a post on ALZHIR, a museum at the site of a labor camp for women near Astana. I definitely would put it on my list of things for people to do around Astana. I did notice two posts about ALZHIR from Kazakh Nomad after her trip on the 4th of July: Why We Love the US Part II and
Why We Love the US Part III. Both are great reads not only to get an idea of what is in the ALZHIR museum, but also as meditation on democracy and the suffering that Stalin inflicted on the Soviet people. Overall, Kazakh Nomad is an interesting read and I recommend adding it to any list of Kazakhstan blogs, particularly as there are a number of thoughtful essays about what it means to be an expat here.