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eurasian forum 2019

At a summit of the Eurasian Economic Union in Kazakhstan, the visiting heads of state were awarded with medals and inducted into the "Order of The First President of The Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev." Or all but one of them were, anyway.

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Show don't tell: Dancers performing at the opening of this year's Eurasian Media Forum. (Photo: Eurasian Media Forum website)

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Astana

The Astana Economic Forum addressed all the issues expected of an international summit: inclusivity, sustainability, security, change. But outside the conference hall, cracks seemed to be appearing

A man holding up a blank placard is arrested

Aslan Sagutdinov had a hunch. The authorities in Kazakhstan are so intolerant of dissent, he reasoned, that it does not really matter what protesters write on their placards.

Protesters Almaty

Police in Kazakhstan have detained several antigovernment protesters who staged demonstrations during ceremonies to mark the 74th anniversary of the Allied victory against Nazi Germany in World War II.

Tokayev Kasym

Kazakhstan has long set its sights on joining the world’s elite. Yet there’s a huge gap between their rhetoric and their deeds. 

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Authorities in Kazakhstan are cracking down on citizens holding public demonstrations in support of the constitution.

Kazakh interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev (left) and former President Nursultan Nazarbaev shake hands at the congress of the ruling Nur Otan ruling party in Nur-Sultan on April 23.

Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan party has nominated interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev for the presidency, virtually assuring his victory in a snap election scheduled for June 9.

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