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Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
March 27, 2018
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
International fugitive and Kazakh opposition star Mukhtar Ablyazov urged supporters to carry blue balloons during the Nowruz holiday.
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
Fuel Crisis Exposes Kazakhstan's Energy Contradictions
October 23, 2017
Fuel Crisis Exposes Kazakhstan's Energy Contradictions
For the past month, lack of gasoline, price increases, and public discontent highlighted Kazakhstan's infrastructural and institutional impasse.
Fuel Crisis Exposes Kazakhstan's Energy Contradictions
Justice? Kazakh Activist Pleads Guilty to Inciting Ethnic Hatred
August 02, 2017
Justice? Kazakh Activist Pleads Guilty to Inciting Ethnic Hatred
Yet another Article 174 case closed.
Justice? Kazakh Activist Pleads Guilty to Inciting Ethnic Hatred
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
July 12, 2017
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
International law frowns on creating stateless persons, but Astana's irritating exiles can afford to buy new passports.
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
Now Under the Nazarbayev Brand: Astana's Airport
June 27, 2017
Now Under the Nazarbayev Brand: Astana's Airport
Kazakhstan renamed Astana's international airport after the first and current president of the country, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Now Under the Nazarbayev Brand: Astana's Airport
Mukhtar Ablyazov Convicted in Absentia
June 08, 2017
Mukhtar Ablyazov Convicted in Absentia
If Mukhtar Ablyazov envisions an eventual triumphant return to Kazakhstan, things just got more difficult.
Mukhtar Ablyazov Convicted in Absentia
Kazakhstan’s Dirty Laundry: Money Laundering and New York Real Estate
May 30, 2017
Kazakhstan’s Dirty Laundry: Money Laundering and New York Real Estate
Kazakh politics plays out far from the steppe -- in New York lofts and courts.
Kazakhstan’s Dirty Laundry: Money Laundering and New York Real Estate
5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness
May 04, 2017
5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness
Teimur Akhmedov was charged under Article 174: inciting hatred.
5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness
Another Independent News Outlet Shuts Down in Kazakhstan
April 19, 2017
Another Independent News Outlet Shuts Down in Kazakhstan
Radiotochka, a respected radio and web news outfit, will phase out due to financial difficulties.
Another Independent News Outlet Shuts Down in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's Anti-Corruption Drive Turns Against Opposition
February 27, 2017
Kazakhstan's Anti-Corruption Drive Turns Against Opposition
Kazakhstan's renewed efforts against corruption might mask a strategy aimed to silence opposition figures and activists.
Kazakhstan's Anti-Corruption Drive Turns Against Opposition
Watch the Throne: Trans-Caspian Pipeline Meets Succession Politics in Kazakhstan
February 16, 2017
Watch the Throne: Trans-Caspian Pipeline Meets Succession Politics in Kazakhstan
Pipelines and politics, both foreign and domestic.
Watch the Throne: Trans-Caspian Pipeline Meets Succession Politics in Kazakhstan
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
January 27, 2017
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
Not so fast; Nazarbayev will remain the “supreme arbiter.”
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
January 25, 2017
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
Russia, Turkey and Iran conclude the two-day negotiation with an agreement on jointly monitoring the shaky ceasefire.
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
A Corruption Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Government
January 17, 2017
A Corruption Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Government
Changes in the economy ministry and presidential administration forced by arrests at the top.
A Corruption Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Government
Kazakh Shuffles: 2 Ministers Dismissed, 1 Reportedly Under Investigation
December 31, 2016
Kazakh Shuffles: 2 Ministers Dismissed, 1 Reportedly Under Investigation
Idrissov is headed back to London, as Astana gears up to host Syria talks and takes up a seat on the UN Security Council.
Kazakh Shuffles: 2 Ministers Dismissed, 1 Reportedly Under Investigation
1986: Kazakhstan's Other Independence Anniversary
December 16, 2016
1986: Kazakhstan's Other Independence Anniversary
In 1986, student protesters crowded the streets of Almaty and were suppressed by Soviet authorities.
1986: Kazakhstan's Other Independence Anniversary
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