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Viral Bishimbayev Trial in Kazakhstan Ends With 24-Year Sentence

Viral Bishimbayev Trial in Kazakhstan Ends With 24-Year Sentence

By Colleen Wood
Under Kazakhstan’s hybrid jury model, jurors and the judge make a final decision together. In this case, the former minister was convicted of murdering his wife and handed a long sentence.  

Central Asian Presidents to be ‘Guests of Honor’ for Russian Victory Day Parade

Central Asian Presidents to be ‘Guests of Honor’ for Russian Victory Day Parade

By Catherine Putz
For the second year in a row, Central Asia’s leaders are making the trek to Moscow to mark a holiday of fleeting relevance in the region.
Fines for Critics in the Aftermath of Kazakhstan’s Terrible Spring Floods

Fines for Critics in the Aftermath of Kazakhstan’s Terrible Spring Floods

By Catherine Putz
A Kazakh journalist was charged with "petty hooliganism” for using profanity in his complaint about media being barred from accessing flood zones.

Live-streamed Murder Trial Reopens Discussion on Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan

Live-streamed Murder Trial Reopens Discussion on Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan

By Mia Tarp Nurmagambetova
No matter what the verdict against Bishimbayev turns out to be, change in relation to domestic violence in Kazakhstan is long overdue. 

Kazakh Court Extends Karakalpak Activist Muratbai’s Detention to 1 Year

Kazakh Court Extends Karakalpak Activist Muratbai’s Detention to 1 Year

By Catherine Putz
The extension of Muratbai’s detention follows a pattern in which Kazakh authorities detain Karakalpak activists pending extradition requests from Uzbekistan for the maximum time allowed by law.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Agree to Install Transboundary Water Meters

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Agree to Install Transboundary Water Meters

By Catherine Putz
While water is often characterized as a potential spark for conflict in Central Asia, it is at the same time an opportunity for cooperation. 

US Looks to Draw Central Asia Into Critical Minerals Supply Chains

US Looks to Draw Central Asia Into Critical Minerals Supply Chains

By The Diplomat
What are the strategic interests of the United States in the development of deposits of critical minerals in Central Asia?
Prominent Karakalpak Activist Aqylbek Muratbai Facing Extradition From Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan

Prominent Karakalpak Activist Aqylbek Muratbai Facing Extradition From Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Muratbai has been a vital voice in calling attention to Uzbekistan's persecution of the Karakalpak people. His detention in Kazakhstan is yet another warning shot.

Climate Change Is Fueling the Disappearance of the Aral Sea

Climate Change Is Fueling the Disappearance of the Aral Sea

By Victoria Milko
It's taking residents' livelihoods, too

Can Kazakhstan Stay the Course on Economic Reform?

Can Kazakhstan Stay the Course on Economic Reform?

By Bryn Windsor
As Astana moves from crisis management to long-term planning mode, the challenge will be whether the government can stick to its economic reform plans. 

Kazakhstan Appoints a New Government

Kazakhstan Appoints a New Government

By Paolo Sorbello
It’s a timid reshuffling that is unlikely to shake things up.
Kazakhstan’s Government Under Fire for Sloppy Earthquake Response

Kazakhstan’s Government Under Fire for Sloppy Earthquake Response

By Paolo Sorbello
The emergency response system did not work properly, top officials said.

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