Events and opinions

Authorities hope greater social spending helps defuse creeping mood of discontent.

Dozens of people have been detained while attempting to demonstrate in Kazakhstan’s capital as the ruling party held its congress in the wake of a major government reshuffle triggered by the country’s weak economic performance.

 

Police in Taraz – including anti-terrorism officers – raided two Baptist worship meetings on successive Sundays in February. Police summarily fined three Baptists and issued two warnings. Despite claiming "our laws don't ban praying", state religious affairs official Balgabek Myrzayev defended punishing people who meet for worship without state permission.

Serikzhan Bilash
Security services in Kazakhstan had their steely gaze locked onto Xinjiang-focused activist Serikzhan Bilash long before his  over the weekend.
When a Eurasianet correspondent met Bilash for the first time last July, prosecutors in his home city, Almaty, had just handed him a formal caution to refrain from participating in a rally summoned by a foreign-based opposition figure.

muratharriMurat Harri Uyghur, a doctor in Finland, is helping to compile testimonies from other Uighurs in exile about loved ones who may be in Chinese internment camps.

glassesblackThe strongman can keep firing ministers, but analysts feel he’s avoiding Kazakhstan’s bedrock economic problems.

fnquhrzzwmzzNurbots fill comment sections across the Kazakh internet. They may not be convincing but they pollute online discourse.

kazakhativistsTheyve taken him again, said Munai Taskairat kyzy, sobbing over the phone.

Lyudmila KozlovskaDespite being banned from the EU, Lyudmila Kozlovska (pictured), president of the Open Dialogue Foundation, has relocated her HQ to Brussels, writes James Hipwell.

malikkenzhalievThe chief judge of a court in western Kazakhstan has been fired after his court acquitted an opposition activist in a high-profile case.

 

nuralialievscreenshotFacebook users in Kazakhstan are mocking an apparent PR piece that first appeared on the website Patch.com.