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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

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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.

Head of press regulator advised Kazakh regime that suppresses free speech

Nursultan Nazarbayev and Lord Faulks, second from right.

New Ipso chief Lord Faulks worked at commercial court under former authoritarian leader Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition

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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?

Kazakhstan: The mothers that became the faces of dissent

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Government critics argue that the ruling has transformed the protestors, three of whom are mothers of young children, into political martyrs. 

Sinophobia simmers across Central Asia


It is just a tiny grocery store in a decrepit, Khruschev-era five-story apartment block in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan – but it is flooded with shoppers, 24 hours a day.

Event | Africa’s experience with Chinese investors. Some parallels with Central Asia

See the similarities? (David Trilling)

Beijing needed testing grounds for risky investments.

China ready to promote ties with Kazakhstan to new level: Premier Li

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets with Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Nov. 2, 2019. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Saturday that China stands ready to promote China-Kazakhstan relations to a new level.

Kazakh Prosecutor Calls On Citizens Not To Take Part In 'Illegal' Rallies

A group of Kazakhs protest against Chinese expansion in Aqtobe on September 5jpg

The Prosecutor-General's Office has called on citizens not to take part in what it called "illegal" rallies planned by the banned Kazakhstan's Democratic Choice (DVK) movement on September 21.

Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

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Russia seeks to accelerate old Soviet state union

Russia seeks to accelerate old Soviet state union

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Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Government Critics

Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Government Critics

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