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Kazakhstan Still Has a Protest Problem
October 21, 2021

Kazakhstan Still Has a Protest Problem

By Catherine Putz
The Kazakh state still has the final say in who is allowed to engage in public demonstrations.

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Backtrack on Freedom of Assembly
March 02, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Backtrack on Freedom of Assembly

By Paolo Sorbello
Around 80 activists were arrested on March 1 in Almaty in connection to an unsanctioned rally in memory of an activist who died in jail. 
Arrests at Rallies as Kazakhstan Contemplates New Protest Law 
February 25, 2020

Arrests at Rallies as Kazakhstan Contemplates New Protest Law 

By Catherine Putz
As many as 200 were arrested for attending a pair of unsanctioned rallies. Meanwhile, a proposed law promises more of the same.

Is Kazakhstan Nipping Opposition in the Bud?
February 19, 2020

Is Kazakhstan Nipping Opposition in the Bud?

By Catherine Putz
Arrests and arson delay Kazakh opposition groups from gathering.

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Draw a Line During Independence Day Protests 
December 24, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Draw a Line During Independence Day Protests 

By Paolo Sorbello
The goalposts keep moving as President Tokayev promised reforms that would make it easier for political and civic activists to plan rallies.

Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena
December 05, 2018

Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan’s political arena has little room for new parties or old foes.

Even the Ghost of a Possible Protest Spooks Kazakhstan
June 26, 2018

Even the Ghost of a Possible Protest Spooks Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Mukhtar Ablyazov's efforts to orchestrate protests from abroad have had feeble results. But Kazakh authorities are taking no chances.
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
March 27, 2018

Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue

By Catherine Putz
International fugitive and Kazakh opposition star Mukhtar Ablyazov urged supporters to carry blue balloons during the Nowruz holiday.

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