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Nur Otan No More? Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party Rebrands as ‘Amanat’
March 02, 2022

Nur Otan No More? Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party Rebrands as ‘Amanat’

By Catherine Putz
De-Nazarbayevification continues with the renaming of the ruling Nur Otan party to “Amanat.”
Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan
February 18, 2022

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Could Bulat Abilov re-enter politics?

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January
January 31, 2022

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
“They fight among themselves for power, and ordinary people suffer.”

Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits
January 28, 2022

Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits

By Catherine Putz
“Let us pay tribute to the historical merits of the first president… and leave possible miscalculations as a warning to the future leaders of our country," Tokayev said.

Kazakhstan: Local Politics and the Chaos in Almaty
January 14, 2022

Kazakhstan: Local Politics and the Chaos in Almaty

By Colleen Wood
Resolving discontent with Almaty’s local government will be an important step in Kazakhstan’s broader political reform efforts.
Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script
January 05, 2022

Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script

By Catherine Putz
In a January 5 televised address, Kazakhstan's president followed a familiar script: blame the unrest on a conspiracy.

Kazakh Activists’ Phones Infected With Pegasus Spyware
December 10, 2021

Kazakh Activists’ Phones Infected With Pegasus Spyware

By Catherine Putz
According to Amnesty International, the phones of four Kazakh activists were confirmed to have been infected with the Pegasus spyware. There are likely more.
Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership
December 02, 2021

Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's protracted political transition is moving steadily along.

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.

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