Two weeks ago, Kazakhstan Today ran the following news story on the English version of its website:
Passing gas is Kazakhstan’s property
Astana. March 12. Kazakhstan Today – The head of state, Nursultan Nazarbayev, assigned to work on transfer of passing gas to the state ownership at the meeting with the regional akims concerning realization of the industrialization program in Kazakhstan, the agency reports.
“Passing gas is the Kazakhstan’s property,” N. Nazarbayev said. “Passing gas is not mentioned in any of the contracts, or in the production sharing agreement. Some countries have already done it and we need to do this work,” the President said.
So, Kazakhstan is not currently passing gas like the president wants to? Maybe this is nothing but hot air, but it smells like something is a little off. Insert your own cheesy puns here… No further explanation is needed. Thanks to the author of KZBlog, an American expatriate living in Kazakhstan, for pointing out this mistranslation. Kazakhstan Today may eventually realize its error and delete the article from online, but you can always view the evidence here in the screenshot below:
November 2010 update: Kudos to Kazakhstan Today for recently altering the translation.
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