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Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner
March 09, 2020

Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner

By Paolo Sorbello
Mukhtar Dzhakishev, former head of Kazakhstan's uranium company, obtained an early release decision due to his declining health.

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 Remains Nazarbayev’s State
October 29, 2019

Kazakhstan Remains Nazarbayev’s State

By Catherine Putz
If it walks like a president, talks like a president, and has powers on par with a president...

At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity
October 04, 2019

At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity

By Ian J. Lynch
Tokayev spoke at the UN of the need for a “profound political transformation” in Kazakhstan. But to date, his leadership has represented continuity.

On Track to a Kazakh Spring?
July 01, 2019

On Track to a Kazakh Spring?

By Marlene Laruelle
A political transition has opened new space for expressing discontent, especially among young Kazakhs.

Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle
June 13, 2019

Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle

By Paolo Sorbello
The government’s reaction to election protests obfuscates the diverse nature of civic activism in Kazakhstan.
New Civic Movement Urges Kazakhstan to ‘Wake Up’
June 07, 2019

New Civic Movement Urges Kazakhstan to ‘Wake Up’

By Colleen Wood
Days before presidential elections, a new movement in Kazakhstan calls on citizens to wake up and demand more say in government.

Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day
June 06, 2019

Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day

By Catherine Putz
On June 9, Kazakhstan will elect its first non-Nazarbayev president.

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?
June 05, 2019

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan’s first president resigned, but he remains fundamentally intertwined with the state.

Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition
June 01, 2019

Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition

By Catherine Putz
As Kazakhstan undergoes its first power transition, the awakening of public politics is inevitable.
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking
May 13, 2019

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking

By Catherine Putz
While Kazakhstan may have a more vibrant media space than Uzbekistan, the trends in each country are moving in opposite directions.

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