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Police in Kazakhstan inadvertently become conceptual artists

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.

Kazakh Protesters Detained As Websites Go Dark

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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.

On Human Rights in Kazakhstan

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

Kazakhstan: Government cracks down on supporters of the constitution

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

Kazakh Ruling Party Nominates Toqaev For President

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.

The Rocky Road to Replacing Vladimir Putin

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 The transition to Putin’s constitutionally scheduled replacement as president of Russia may be rougher than currently expected.

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev resigns amid mounting political crisis

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In a sign of growing social and political turmoil in Central Asia, Kazakhstan’s 78-year-old president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been head of state of the country since its formation out of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, announced his immediate resignation on Tuesday, March 19.

Geopolitical Implications of the Political Transition in Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev 2019On March 19, 2019, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced he would be stepping down after nearly three decades in power.

On His Watch: The Dark Events Of Nazarbaev's Long Reign

Nazarbayev wonderingThe major economic strides made by energy-rich Kazakhstan during President Nursultan Nazarbaev's nearly 30-year reign often overshadow reports chronicling an undemocratic, repressive tenure punctuated by jailings and the suspicious deaths of opposition leaders, activists, and journalists.

In succession clue, Kazakh leader's daughter elevated after his resignation

ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan took a step closer to a carefully choreographed dynastic succession on Wednesday as the daughter of its long-serving ruler was named to a post that put her in line for the presidency a day after her father stepped down.

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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