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Kazakhstan Still Has a Protest Problem
October 21, 2021

Kazakhstan Still Has a Protest Problem

By Catherine Putz
The Kazakh state still has the final say in who is allowed to engage in public demonstrations.

Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan
August 31, 2021

Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan

By Elvira Kalmurzaeva
In the first half of 2021, there were more strikes in Kazakhstan than in the entire 2018 to 2020 period.
Why Haven’t Kazakh Xinjiang Protests Gained Traction?
August 18, 2021

Why Haven’t Kazakh Xinjiang Protests Gained Traction?

By Dariga Sanayeva
The plight of Kazakhs detained in Xinjiang’s “re-education” camps has not gained widespread public support among ethnic Kazakhs in Kazakhstan.

Court Releases Activist in Kazakhstan in High-Profile Case
August 13, 2020

Court Releases Activist in Kazakhstan in High-Profile Case

By Paolo Sorbello
A judge in Kazakhstan handed an activist a 1.5 year suspended sentence after she knocked off the hat of a policeman during a scuffle in June. 

Protest Körpe: Quilting Together ‘Real’ and Digital Dissent in Kazakhstan
August 07, 2020

Protest Körpe: Quilting Together ‘Real’ and Digital Dissent in Kazakhstan

By Colleen Wood
Creative demonstrations for an imprisoned activist in Kazakhstan bridge digital and real-world engagement.

Why Was a Solo Protester Jailed in Kazakhstan for Picketing a Chinese Consulate?
August 04, 2020

Why Was a Solo Protester Jailed in Kazakhstan for Picketing a Chinese Consulate?

By Catherine Putz
Just because Kazakh-China relations have experienced some bumps lately doesn’t mean Nur-Sultan is ready to accept public protests on the matter.

Protests in Kazakhstan Disrupted With Arrests
June 09, 2020

Protests in Kazakhstan Disrupted With Arrests

By Catherine Putz
This weekend’s protests in Kazakhstan took place under a new law, but had the same results.
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.

What’s Changed in Kazakhstan’s New Protest Law?
May 27, 2020

What’s Changed in Kazakhstan’s New Protest Law?

By Catherine Putz
There are a lot of rules for protesting in Kazakhstan; a new law branded as reform retains many restrictions.

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Backtrack on Freedom of Assembly
March 02, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Backtrack on Freedom of Assembly

By Paolo Sorbello
Around 80 activists were arrested on March 1 in Almaty in connection to an unsanctioned rally in memory of an activist who died in jail. 

Social Benefits Remain at the Heart of Ongoing Kazakh Frustration
January 13, 2020

Social Benefits Remain at the Heart of Ongoing Kazakh Frustration

By Catherine Putz
Nearly a year after a tragic fire, mothers in Kazakhstan continue to stage protests against insufficient government support.
Kazakhstan’s Authorities Draw a Line During Independence Day Protests 
December 24, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Draw a Line During Independence Day Protests 

By Paolo Sorbello
The goalposts keep moving as President Tokayev promised reforms that would make it easier for political and civic activists to plan rallies.

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