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Pressure Pushes Kazakh Tax Authorities to Walk Back Fines, Suspensions
February 08, 2021

Pressure Pushes Kazakh Tax Authorities to Walk Back Fines, Suspensions

By Catherine Putz
After issuing fines and suspensions for several NGOs, Kazakh authorities walked back the decisions under domestic and international pressure.

The Illusions of Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan
February 01, 2021

The Illusions of Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Despite his resignation from the presidency in March 2019, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s shadow lies heavily across the “new” leadership. The January parliamentary elections confirmed the paradox.
The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs
January 26, 2021

The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs

By Catherine Putz
In January so far, four Kazakh NGOs have been fined and suspended by the state's tax authorities -- a convenient cover for political repression.

Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament
January 14, 2021

Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament

By Catherine Putz
The first president’s daughter is on the list of 76 deputies Nur Otan aims to seat in the new parliament.

Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’
January 11, 2021

Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’

By Catherine Putz
The new Kazakh parliament will, at least numerically, look very much like the previous iteration.

Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter
January 07, 2021

Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter

By Benjamin Godwin
While the result is not in doubt, the elections could mark the next stage in Kazakhstan’s ongoing transition of power.

Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
December 22, 2020

Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

By Colleen Wood
Why bother analyzing elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan if we think we know the results?
Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect
December 03, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect

By Catherine Putz
Mukhtar Ablyazov is kryptonite in Kazakh politics.

Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic
November 24, 2020

Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic

By Catherine Putz
A court order has sent Aigul Otepova to a psychiatric clinic. Her supporters say its because of her outspoken criticism of the government.

Date Set for Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections
October 21, 2020

Date Set for Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections

By Catherine Putz
If the past sets any precedent, we can expect an overwhelming win for Nur-Otan - the ruling party headed by First President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Misinformation and Conspiracies Spread While Kazakhstan Reimposes Lockdown
July 10, 2020

Misinformation and Conspiracies Spread While Kazakhstan Reimposes Lockdown

By Anastassiya Fershtey
Kazakhstan, while also seeing a rapid rise on COVID-19 cases, has been hit with a storm of conspiracy theories.
Courts in Kazakhstan Return Assets to Criminal Group
June 30, 2020

Courts in Kazakhstan Return Assets to Criminal Group

By Paolo Sorbello
In a surprising move, the Prosecutor obtained the restitution of assets to a criminal group facing corruption charges.

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