Moving to Shymkent as English speaking expats?

Wondering about expat life in Shymkent - is there an expat community? How does daily life work with no Russian language skills? What is housing like? We will be moving and I will be the trailing spouse - there is little on the Internet to provide a sense for things like security, language issues, markets/groceries, housing options, activities, schools, health care? Any practical information would be greatly appreciated!

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