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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.
Kazakhstan on the Edge
June 01, 2020

Kazakhstan on the Edge

By Aigerim Toleukhanova
In 2019, Kazakhstan was catapulted into political transition. 2020 has yielded its own shocking changes.

Dariga Nazarbayeva Dismissed From Top Senate Seat
May 05, 2020

Dariga Nazarbayeva Dismissed From Top Senate Seat

By Catherine Putz
First President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s eldest daughter was just dismissed from her post as chair of the Senate. Is it a sign of a power struggle?

Luca Anceschi on Kazakhstan’s ‘Neo-Eurasianism’
April 21, 2020

Luca Anceschi on Kazakhstan’s ‘Neo-Eurasianism’

By Catherine Putz
Eurasianism, as developed in Kazakhstan, became an official vehicle for the foreign policy vision of Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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.

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