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Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Not that I could see. - Oct 19, 2017
This is a tough place to live for African Americans. There is no anonymity and some of the behavior is just plain inappropriate. People here aren't shy about the hair of those of African heritage or taking selfies with them. - Oct 7, 2016
The majority is Muslim here but there are no issues with prejudices as far as I can tell. There are many Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic, as well as Mormon. Most churches only provide services in Russian or Kazakh. I haven't noticed any gender prejudices. - Jun 18, 2014
Haven't heard anything. - Sep 13, 2010
There is a very slight conflict between ethnic Russians and ethic Kazakhs here among the local population, but it's mostly just talk. For expats, anyone who doesn't look either ethnic Russian or Kazakh will be stared at. This is especially true for blacks--they are treated either like rock stars or snubbed by locals. - Jul 20, 2008
Missionaries and other openly religious expats may be harassed due to the government's watchful eye. If you're black, you will be an object of attention--negative and even positive. - Jan 29, 2008