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Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election
November 21, 2022

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election

By Catherine Putz
In “New Kazakhstan,” an typical old Kazakhstan-style election grants Tokayev power through 2029.

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest
November 02, 2022

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest

By Catherine Putz
After eight months in jail, and mounting pressure, the charges against Mamai were recently reclassified and he's been released to house arrest.
Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022
October 18, 2022

Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022

By Catherine Putz
It’s been a challenging year for Kazakhstan: Domestic unrest, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a constitutional referendum, and now a snap presidential election.

Kazakhstan Headed for Election Lacking Competition 
October 06, 2022

Kazakhstan Headed for Election Lacking Competition 

By Catherine Putz
As usual, there will be multiple names on the ballot come November 20 but only one real choice.

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi
September 17, 2022

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi

By Dake Kang
Despite Xi’s warm official reception in Kazakhstan, the general population is disturbed by reports of oppression aimed at Kazakhs in China.

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms
September 14, 2022

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”

The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 
August 30, 2022

The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 

By Paolo Sorbello
Former Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin seems to have lost power. 
Exclusive: From Prison, Kazakh Journalist Makhambet Abzhan Explains His Case
July 19, 2022

Exclusive: From Prison, Kazakh Journalist Makhambet Abzhan Explains His Case

By Cheryl L. Reed
Abzhan admits a role in the events that led to his arrest, but suggests the situation was a set-up by the Kazakh authorities. 

Is There a New Kazakhstan?
July 01, 2022

Is There a New Kazakhstan?

By Bruce Pannier
Not yet, despite the president’s repeated assertions otherwise.

Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?
June 14, 2022

Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?

By Catherine Putz
The troubles of Zhanbolat Mamai make it clear that Kazakh authorities have little interest in genuine political competition.

What’s in Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum?
May 09, 2022

What’s in Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum?

By Colleen Wood
On June 5, Kazakhs will vote on a package of reforms intended to transform the country from a super-presidential system to a “presidential system with a strong parliament."
Kazakh President Signs Controversial Law Aiming to Control Social Media Companies
May 04, 2022

Kazakh President Signs Controversial Law Aiming to Control Social Media Companies

By Catherine Putz
The new law may pave the way for Kazakh authorities to influence the decisions of social media networks regarding content.

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