Visitors at the top of Baiterek tower with a handprint of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev above Astana, Kazakhstan

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Visitors at the top of Baiterek tower with a handprint of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev above Astana, Kazakhstan
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Image ID: D35RAB
Visitors to Kazakhstan's symbolic Bayterek tower take great pride in putting their hand in the imprint of President Nursultan Nazarbayev's hand. Apart from Kyrgyzstan, all of the Central Asian nations have had varying degrees of a personality cult built up around their presidents.