Former Soviet republic pins its hopes on winning Olympic bid this week

By Michael Birnbaum, July 29, 2015

MOSCOW — For one young traveler from Kazakhstan, the low point might have been when American acquaintances bet him that his home country was fictional. Other citizens endure blank looks about their home — or, worse, Borat jokes. Now the vast Central Asian nation is gambling that it can launch itself out of obscurity Friday if it wins the bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.Read full article >>

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