Kazakh rage

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Why all the buzz sud­denly about the for­mer Soviet repub­lic of Kaza­khstan?

First, a new vodka pro­duced by the Kaza­khs and in­tro­duced in Wash­ing­ton in re­cent months, is rapidly grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, poured at restau­rants like Bobby Van’s Steak­house, Char­lie Palmer and Cafe Milano.

Vanessa Ugo, the Wash­ing­ton rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Snow Queen Vodka, says ev­ery­body from Mick Jag­ger to Prince William has ac­quired a taste for the sud­denly pop­u­lar spirit. (Some­thing about the vodka be­ing “dis­tilled five times” is what makes it so pure.)

Kaza­khstan is also re­ceiv­ing un­prece­dented ex­po­sure af­ter this month’s re­lease of the hit movie, “Bo­rat:Cul­tur­alLearn­ing­sofAmer­i­caforMakeBen­e­fitGlo­ri­ousNa­tion of Kaza­khstan.” If you haven’t seen it, a fic­tional Kazakh TV jour­nal­ist named Bo­rat is sent to the “great­est coun­try in the world” — the United States — where he files some rather out­ra­geous sto­ries.

Even Kaza­khstan Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev is get­ting in on the act, show­ing up re­cently to meet with Pres­i­dent Bush in the Oval Of­fice.

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