Reporters face government smokescreens, nationwide closures and “insane” stress levels.
Unlike elsewhere in the world, the authorities have not imposed a quarantine or restricted public events.
Russia’s economic woes will have a major knock-on effect in the region.
Parts of the region appear in denial, while elsewhere governments request emergency relief.
Numbers of female entrepreneurs are growing, despite still facing challenges.
New law aims to increase female participation in municipal affairs.
A market provides a microcosm of part-time, seasonal or informal employment.
Political and economic dependence means that Nur-Sultan has been reluctant to condemn ongoing persecution.
State oppression is combined with indifference from local human rights groups.
Relatives and colleagues say that charges of inciting ethnic and religious hatred are baseless.