A law banning women under the age of twenty-three from traveling abroad without a parent or guardian, with the purpose of "increased morality and preservation of the gene pool" passed in the Kyrgyz parliament on June 2013
Kazakhstan is divided into 14 provinces. The provinces are subdivided into districts. Almaty and Astana cities have the status of State importance and do not relate to any province. Baikonur city has a special status because it is currently being leased to Russia with Baikonur cosmodrome until 2050. Each province is headed by an Akim (provincial governor) appointed by the president. The Government transferred its capital from Almaty to Astana on 12/10/1997.