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Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan
January 18, 2022

Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The statement from the First President came just after evidence of elite conflict began surfacing in earnest, with suggestions of a purge of Nazarbayev elites.

Causes and Consequences of Kazakhstan’s January 2022 Unrest
January 11, 2022

Causes and Consequences of Kazakhstan’s January 2022 Unrest

By Ankit Panda, Catherine Putz, and Ankit Panda
Protests over gas prices have quickly spiraled into nationwide unrest, resulting in the first-ever intervention by the CSTO in one of its member states.
Kazakhstan’s Leadership Shows Internal Cracks in Attempts to Restore Public Safety
January 07, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Leadership Shows Internal Cracks in Attempts to Restore Public Safety

By Paolo Sorbello
As CSTO troops start their operations in Almaty, the president seems to be losing authority.

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.

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.

Pandora Papers: Kazakhstan and the Offshore Shuffle
October 04, 2021

Pandora Papers: Kazakhstan and the Offshore Shuffle

By Catherine Putz
OCCRP’s investigation reveals a payout of $30 million to an alleged unofficial wife of Kazakhstan’s First President.

Open Secrets: Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network
September 27, 2021

Open Secrets: Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network

By Paolo Sorbello
Public domain research by Radio Azattyq showed the extent of Kairat Sharipbayev’s private interests.
Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Fund Changes Boss
March 31, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Fund Changes Boss

By Paolo Sorbello
A new head of Samruk-Kazyna could bring about changes in governance and personnel. 

Japarov Makes State Visit to Kazakhstan, Meets With Tokayev and Nazarbayev
March 03, 2021

Japarov Makes State Visit to Kazakhstan, Meets With Tokayev and Nazarbayev

By Catherine Putz
The core purpose of Japarov’s visit was to make the personal connections that form the lifeblood of Central Asian interstate relations.

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.

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.
Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’
January 11, 2021

Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’

By Catherine Putz
The new Kazakh parliament will, at least numerically, look very much like the previous iteration.

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