January 18, 2021

Events and opinions

KAZAKHSTAN: Religious freedom survey, September 2018

Kazakhstan Taraz v 2Kazakhstan restricts freedom of religion and belief, along with interlinked freedoms of expression, association, and assembly.

With Aral’s Death Irreversible, Central Asian Leaders Shift Focus To Setting Market Price For Water – OpEd

AralFor most of the past 25 years, the issue of saving the Aral Sea has dominated all discussions of water sharing and use in Central Asia.

Kazakh Who Allegedly Laundered Money Through Trump Tower Ordered to Pay Bank Back

trumpflagA British high court ruled Thursday that Ilyas Khrapunov, the son of the former mayor of the Kazakh city of Almaty, conspired with the former chairman of the Kazakh bank BTA to swindle over $6 billion.

Kremlin ‘sleeper agents’ in Poland and Ukraine: report

kozlovskayaPro-Russian sentiments play a key role in today's reality, Ukraine’s Antikor anticorruption portal has said in its report into the Ukrainian head of a Polish NGO who was recently expelled from the Schengen Area.

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

asia1Analysts say opposition is purged in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan whenever there is a perceived threat.

Xi Jinping’s Path for China

XI JINPINGSince assuming power, Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken many steps to reshape his country, de-emphasizing growth to build a more sustainable economy and engaging in more proactive diplomacy. He has also been rewriting political rules to establish himself as a strongman.

New evidence emerges of China forcing Muslims into ‘reeducation’ camps


First-of-its-kind courtroom testimony here has corroborated allegations that the Chinese government has built a network of internment camps in western China where Muslim minorities are held without charge for “reeducation.”

China’s Policies Spur Central Asians To Cautiously Chart Independent Course – Analysis

XinjiangChina’s brutal crackdown in its north-western province of Xinjiang and growing questions about the dark side of some of its Belt and Road investments is fuelling anti-Chinese sentiment, prompting some countries to explore ways to chart an independent course, and feeding into the narratives of rising populist leaders.

They Won’t Back Down: Kazakhstan’s Feisty Newspaper

lukpanThree years after recovering from an attempt on his life, journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov ditched his day job and began running a business.

Chinese 'reeducation camps' in spotlight at Kazakh trial

sudkzkhSecretive "re-education camps" allegedly holding hundreds of thousands of people in a Muslim-majority region in western China are the focus of an explosive court case in Kazakhstan, testing the country's ties with Beijing.

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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