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Should Europe fear Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union?


The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is a Russian-run structure, loosely modelled on the European Union.

Browsers Take a Stance Against Kazakhstan’s Weaponization of PKI

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 “Man-in-the-middle observation can be benevolent”

Some Freed, Some Not by Kazakhstan’s Justice System

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Mukhtar Dzhakishev’s passionate speech about the flaws of Kazakhstan’s justice system echoed beyond the courtroom in Semey where he awaited a decision on his plea for parole.

Jailed Former Kazakh Uranium Tycoon Dzhakishev Denied Early Release Again

Мухтар Джакишев

The jailed former president of Kazakhstan's uranium giant Kazatomprom, Mukhtar Dzhakishev, has been denied early release for the second time in months.

Kazakh Poet Detained holding Banner with ex-President’s Quote

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Kazakh police detained poet Ramil Niyazov as he held a one-man anti-government protest on Thursday in Almaty, holding a banner that read “Publicity discloses the insignificance of authoritarianism. Nazarbayev, 1987.”

Kazakhs say it is time for closer ties with EU

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Interview with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko

The Central Asian energy giant’s deputy minister of foreign affairs says the current state of relations between Brussels and Kazakhstan presents a unique opportunity to forge closer bilateral relations.

Pashinyan finishes out of the medals in Kazakhstan

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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.

‘You can't run from the truth': Iconic art protests preface Kazakh presidential vote

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 Kazakhstan's young, creative class 'wakes up' – will the rest follow?

Kazakhstan: Press freedom missing from agenda of media talking shop

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

 While media gurus chat, the internet has taken a dive

Anti-government protests cast a shadow over Kazakhstan's glitzy economic forum


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

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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