February 27, 2021

Events and opinions

On the steppe

Lenin monument in Kazakhstan

 Torn between China and Russia, and haunted by the ghosts of its communist past, Kazakhstan has taken an authoritarian turn.

Kazakhstan: Troubled Nazarbayev grandson dies aged 29

Aysultan Nazarbayev


Nazarbayev’s online outbursts showed that a ruling family is not always a happy one.

Kazakhstan: Ruling party's coronavirus philanthropy falls flat

Birgemiz help

 Birgemiz, a charitable foundation set up in March by the former president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, was meant to be a feel-good exercise in solidarity.


Mukhtar Ablyazov

There is distinct group in immigrant community from the former USSR. Many of those who pretend that they fled and left all belongings behind came with wealth of at least unexplained origin.

Protests in Kazakhstan Disrupted With Arrests

Police wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, detain protesters during an unsanctioned protest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Saturday, June 6, 2020.  Credit: AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov

Kazakhstan, like many corners of the world this past weekend, was the site of protests.

Interview with Ambassador Nurbakh Rustemov on the results of the first year in office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

Ambassador Nurbakh Rustemov

The previous 2019 was saturated with important political events for your country, in particular, the transit of power took place. How did this process go and what was done?

CHATHAM HOUSE REPORT Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition

Hand Bayterek Kazakhstan

A partial handover of political power through an orchestrated transition takes Kazakhstan into uncharted territory. Will it be able to pursue modernization and reform, and break from its authoritarian past?

State report: Russian, Chinese and Iranian disinformation narratives echo one another

Department of State

China, Iran and Russia are using the coronavirus crisis to launch a propaganda and disinformation onslaught against the United States, the State Department warns in a new report.

Nazarbaev And Kazakhstan's Security Council Out Of Sight Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Kazakh serviceman

Kazakh officials are working to guide the country through the health crisis caused by the coronavirus and the dramatic economic effects of a drastic drop in global prices for oil, the country's major export.

Cotton Campaign says too early to lift Uzbek boycott

Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev attends a news conference with his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Tashkent, Uzbekistan April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov/File Photo

A coalition of human rights groups known as the Cotton Campaign said on Thursday it was too early to lift a boycott of Uzbek cotton despite Tashkent’s progress in eradicating forced labour and its request to take the global recession into account.

Jailed Kazakh Activist's Parole Request Rejected

Jailed Kazakh Activist's Parole Request Rejected

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Kazakh Activist Goes On Trial For Ties With Banned Opposition Group

Kazakh Activist Goes On Trial For Ties With Banned Opposition Group

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Unexplained Wealth Orders in the UK: What Will This Year Bring?

Unexplained Wealth Orders in the UK: What Will This Year Bring?

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