January 18, 2021

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev scrambling to be seen acting on growing inequality

glassesblackThe strongman can keep firing ministers, but analysts feel he’s avoiding Kazakhstan’s bedrock economic problems.

Finding Kazakhstan’s Troll Farms

fnquhrzzwmzzNurbots fill comment sections across the Kazakh internet. They may not be convincing but they pollute online discourse.

Kazakh activists keep battling as Xinjiang crackdown evolves

kazakhativistsTheyve taken him again, said Munai Taskairat kyzy, sobbing over the phone.

Controversial think-tank #ODF in Brussels move

Lyudmila KozlovskaDespite being banned from the EU, Lyudmila Kozlovska (pictured), president of the Open Dialogue Foundation, has relocated her HQ to Brussels, writes James Hipwell.

Kazakh Judge Fired After Opposition Activist's Acquittal

malikkenzhalievThe chief judge of a court in western Kazakhstan has been fired after his court acquitted an opposition activist in a high-profile case.

Kazakhs Ridicule ‘Self-Made Man’ Puff Portrait of Presidential Grandson

 

nuralialievscreenshotFacebook users in Kazakhstan are mocking an apparent PR piece that first appeared on the website Patch.com.

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

 

chinacheckTurkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority.

World Trade Center building to appear in Astana

worldtradecenterThe President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has held talks with Rolf Draak, member of the Board of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA), and Mehran Eftekhar, Finance and Corporate Services Director at Nest Investments Holdings, Trend reports referring to the press service of the Kazakh president.

Kazakh leader's grandson complains he is passportless after stint in ‘private Russian jail’

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Screenshot of Aisultan Nazarbayev's Facebook account. The man kissing a young Aisultan in the cover photo is Kazakhstan's de facto leader-for-life, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The cone of silence around China’s Muslim ‘gulags’

seenoevilIt’s unclear how many people are living in some sort of detention in Xinjiang, the restive region in China’s far west.

Kazakhstan: With elections chore out of the way, it is time for politics

Kazakhstan: With elections chore out of the way, it is time for politics

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Will Biden take on neglected Caucasus and Central Asia?

Will Biden take on neglected Caucasus and Central Asia?

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Kazakhstan's ruling party cements its grip on parliament

Kazakhstan's ruling party cements its grip on parliament

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