While according to official data there are about 25,000 Armenians living in Kazakhstan, unofficial records estimate around 60,000 Armenians. A considerable number live in Almaty, while others are concentrated in the cities of Pavlodar, Kostanay, Aktyubinsk, Karaganda, Aktau, Astana, and Atyrau.
There is a public institution called the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, which is supervised by the president of Kazakhstan and the mission of which is to preserve and develop the identity of national minorities. Armenians are represented by unions of “Nairi” (led by Artyusha Karapetyan) and “Masis” (led by Ernest Varderesyan).
The union of “Nairi” was founded on October 30, 2004, while the "Masis" Union of Armenians of Kazakhstan was registered in Almaty in August of 2014. In 2015, the union was incorporated into the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan. Today it comprises eight community-based structures operating in the cities of Almaty, Nur Sultan, Aktobe, Aktau, Petropavlovsk, Semey, Dzerzhinsk, and Kokshetau.
There are currently 18 Armenian cultural centers in Kazakhstan, located in the cities of Nur Sultan, Almaty, Aktobe, Atyrau, Aktau, Karaganda, Kostanay, Kokshetau, Oral, Ozkaman, Ust’-Kamenogorsk, Petropavlovsk, Pavlodar, Shymkent, Semey, Taldykorgan, Dzerzhinsk and also in the large and convenient buildings called “Houses of Friendship.”
There are 8 Sunday schools, 11 dance ensembles, 3 choirs, and a gallery (“Arvest”) that are under the supervision of the Armenian community organizations.
The Nairi trilingual newspaper has been published in Almaty sincere 2007 (with certain interruptions) and is also available online. From 2014-2018, the newspaper has regularly issued 5,000 copies.
Armenian churches in Kazakhstan have not been preserved. There are two chapels, one of which is situated in the old cemetery of Fort Shevchenko and is in need of reconstruction, while the other one was built in Almaty in 2006.