Former President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his daughter will remain prominent in Kazakh politics, and the capital Astana is being renamed 'Nursultan' after the former president.
Kazakhstan has approved a currency redesign including symbols of the country's national and cultural identity. Russia says it has taken notice.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan all raised the status of their nation's languages after independence, and now there is major movement toward the Latin alphabet.
Using similar tactics to those seen in Central Asia, Moscow is attempting to achieve its aims by spreading false information.
Both countries are seeking to establish a long-term presence in Syria to further their own economic and political interests.
Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has sacked Rustam Inoyatov, chief of the National Security Service.
The Kremlin has often used military aid as a means of exercising influence, with the goal of keeping countries -- in particular those in Central Asia -- dependent on Russia.
The move aims to 'decentralise power in Uzbekistan', analysts say.
Securing a land route from Tehran to Beirut would enable the Iranian regime to funnel arms and fighters across the entire region, experts say.
Tashkent is seeking to ensure safe handling of future disasters and crises.