Future tsar Nicolas II was traveling around the world and was also visiting governorates and distant regions of his own empire.
Shipping on the Ili River was introduced in Soviet Kazakhstan in 1927.
Photographer Alexander Ionov captured the very moment when steppe women were rolling ornamented felt with a reed mat.
The picture is a blatant proof of the fact that the Aral Sea once was navigable, and Kazakhstan had all chances to become a sea-power.
During Soviet era, Lenin Square was the most popular spot for wedding photos.