Kazakhstan in popular culture

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Kazakhstan has been featured in popular culture in the West.

The country was the home base of the Russian ultra-nationalist radicals who hijacked the US President's airplane en route from Moscow in the 1997 action movie Air Force One.

The controversial character Borat Sagdiyev, created by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, featured often on Cohen's Da Ali G Show, as well as in the 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (actually filmed in Romania,[1] along with the U.S.) is from Kazakhstan. In 2005, Cohen ran afoul of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry's Yerzhan Ashykbayev, who stated that the character's strange behaviour is not consistent with that of the Kazakh people, and that his government reserves the right to any legal action against Cohen. Cohen responded to Ashykbayev in character, stating, "In response to Mr. Ashykbayev's comments, I'd like to state that I have no connection with Mr. Cohen, and fully support my government's decision to sue this Jew". The Kazakh government responded by placing a 4-page ad in The New York Times, containing information about Kazakh life, education, government, and infrastructure. Borat responded by issuing a "press release", containing random Cyrillic characters.


  1. "'If I See Borat, I Will Kill Him With My Own Hands'". ABC News. 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2016-06-22.

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