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A republic in central Asia, south of Russia, that extends east from the Caspian Sea to the Altai Mountains and China; population 17,600,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Astana; languages, Kazakh (official) and Russian.
The Turkic tribes of Kazakhstan were overrun by the Mongols in the 13th century, and the region was eventually absorbed into the Russian empire. Kazakhstan formed a constituent republic of the former Soviet Union and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1991
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