English language press
There are a number of local English language and bilingual newspapers in Kazakhstan. All of them cover news in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, and touch upon international events.
Most western newspapers and magazines are available at top Almaty hotels, Ramstore (second floor) and by subscription from Agents listed below.
The Almaty Herald: Weekly English-language newspaper. Available at major Almaty hotels, Ramstore (second floor), Rossiya (Kabanbai batyr and Dostyk) and by subscription. Also produces a weekly satellite TV program. Tel: 41-45-69, 41-40-78. E-mail: email@example.com. Web: http://www.herald.kz/
The Kazakhstan Monitor: Weekly newspaper focusing on oil industry and business and economic analyses in Kazakhstan. Available free from Ramstore cash desks and typical expat hangouts. Subscription available. Zhibek Zholy 50-701, tel. 73-57-10 fax. 73-51-32. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.kazmonitor.kz.
Times of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan-based weekly English-language newspaper committed to unbiased coverage of Central Asian news. Distributed by subscription only. Free copies are available from their offices. Tel in Almaty: 41-40-78, 41-44-88, fax: 41-60-67. E-mail: email@example.com. Web-site: http://www.times.kg
NewspaperDirect: 37 Rozybakiev St., second floor. Tel.: 56-10-35, 41-60-67; fax: 41-40-78. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.newspaperdirect.com This company prints and delivers over 140 newspapers from 35 countries in Almaty the day they are published in the countries of origin. Branch offices are expected to be open soon in Astana, Aktau and Atyrau .
Polygon International: 153 Abaya and Rosybakieva streets in one of the three nine-storey buildings at the northeast corner. Office number 4.
Tel: 506903 and 506908. Fax: 501835. E-mail email@example.com Sells books in English and subscriptions to international magazines and newspapers. They charge $1 per delivery. Papers arrive the day after the press date.
International Press: 50 Zhibek Zholy, across the street from Ziloney Bazaar, office 212. Tel: 339012, 335553. This company sells subscriptions to international magazines and newspapers as well as to local press. Periodicals are delivered to your office for no additional charge or can be picked up at their office.
Alma TV: 23 Aitieva and Tole bi. Tel: 500-501. Opposite the Astana store, go inside the arch on Tole bi. If your building is not covered by their network, you can rent necessary equipment depositing a collateral. Different program packages.
Katelco: 2 Timiryazeva St in Almaty. Tel: 63 53 42. Satellite TV "Katelco Plus". See full information on their web-site: www.katelco.kz
NTV Plus: Agent: Silver Disc. 141 Abai and Zharokova (east of Voyentorg supermarket) Tel: 432-775. The initial payment of about $600 is required to purchase a dish and a transceiver. About 250 channels.
Local News in English
Watch official English-language weekly news review every Sunday at 10 pm on Khavar TV channel.
Caspionet: The first in Kazakhstan satellite 24 hour channel is a joint project of Khabar TV channel and Eutelsat, one of the world's largest satellite operators. Hourly news coverage on Kazakhstan, Caspian region, and Central Asia in English, Russian and Kazakh. Channel 11 on Alma TV.
BBC Kazakh Service: For broadcasting times and locations in Kazakhstan see www.bbc.co.uk/kazakh/.
The Selector music radioshow: Listen to the best in new UK music every Saturday at 23:00 at Europa Plus Kazakhstan (107 FM). Learn more about the Selector project on music.britishcouncil.org/selector/.
British Council in Kazakhstan. 13 Republic Square. Go down the right hand lane (Baiseitova street) from the Golden Man Monument. Open Mon-Sat. Tel: 720111 and 720207. British movies and some choice of British books and world classics. To borrow cassettes and books, you should become a member of the British Council by paying the annual fee (1,800 tenge - ordinary membership or 5,000 tenge - video membership). For more information click here.
Digital Video 56 Kurmangazy and Baiseitova. Tel 69-59-46. Has a large stock of good quality licensed videos, DVDs and CDs but expensive. A couple dozens movies and music clips in English
Mad Murphy's Irish Pub. 12 Tole bi corner of Zenkova. Tel 91-28-56 and 91-59-72. Has over 1,000 English language tapes for rent. 300 tenge for 2 days.
Meloman. 58 Gogolya and Panfilova; 47 Dostyk and Kabanbai batyr. A good choice of Russian dubbed and English original movies. Open 10 AM - 11 PM daily.
Mir Kino (Cinema World"). Seifullin, south of Kabanbai batyr. The largest in Almaty stock of Russian dubbed movies and a couple dozens English original tapes.
Plus Records. 88 Aiteke bi and Nauryzbai batyr. A good stock of English language movies for sale and rent.
Silk Road. 64 Abylai khan, south of Zhibek Zholy. About 2,400 movies with Korean subtitles for rent and purchase.
Silver Disc (Serebryany Disk). About 20 titles in English and a good variety of Russian-dubbed movies and international CDs. 141 Abaya and Zharokova (east of Voyentorg supermarket) Tel: 432-775.
Guides and business directories
A-Business directory. Most regularly updated directories in Russian and English for Almaty. Russian issues are printed bi-monthly, English annually. See their free directory database at http://www.infokz.com Located 15 Republic Square, office 011. Tel 63-37-83
Yellow Pages of Kazakhstan. Issued once a year in English and Russian. Free database on http://www.yellow-pages.kz/Index_engl.htm Located 15 Republic Square, offices 320-328. Tel 63-48-10, 63-65-56.
Kompass Kazakhstan directory. Issued once a year. See their on-line database http://www.kompass.kz/eng/.
Stranded on the Silk Road. Excellent Guide to Almaty written by two expatriate authors. Available at major Almaty hotels, Baur Publishing House at 163a Auezov and Bukhar Zhyrau, 3 floor, and from Amazon.com.
A-Business Almaty On-Line Guide. http://www.infokz.com/almaty/ewelc.shtml Describes places to see in Almaty and has a great Photo Album.