Jailed Kazakh Activist's Parole Request Rejected

Almat Zhumaghulov

 A court in Kazakhstan has rejected a request for early release filed by jailed activist Almat Zhumaghulov, whom rights organizations in the Central Asian country have recognized as a political prisoner.

Practicing Repression Abroad, Says Rights Watchdog

A handout picture released by British police showing what are believed to be two Russian security agents involved in the attempted poisoning in Salisbury of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018.

Russia and Iran are among the top authoritarian states extending their tentacles of repression abroad to target exiles, a new report by Freedom House says.

Equatorial Guinea's Oil Minister Allegedly Siphoned Off Millions from Public Construction Project

Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima (fourth from right) at the wedding of Centurion law firm CEO NJ Ayuk (fourth from left) in 2016. Going Dutch

For years, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel was known as an outspoken critic of Equatorial Guinea’s government, despite decades of brutal repression and staggering corruption.

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

Nurturing his party: Nursultan visits Nur Otan in Nur-Sultan. (press handout)

No real opposition parties were permitted to run.

Kazakhstan's war on coronavirus fake news underwhelms

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Did Duman Aitzhanov, an obstetrician from Almaty, tell the truth? 

COVID-19 highlights vulnerabilities in higher education


The majority of higher education institutions in Kazakhstan are vulnerable and underfunded, and the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has brought added complications.

US sanctions 11 Chinese companies over human rights abuses in Xinjiang

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The United States is restricting 11 Chinese companies from buying American technology and other goods because it says they're linked to alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang.

'Unknown pneumonia' said to be deadlier than coronavirus is sweeping across Kazakhstan

Wu Zunyou pictured

 A Beijing health official has admitted that the ‘unknown pneumonia’ said to be sweeping across Kazakhstan is actually ‘likely to be Covid-19’.

China reports NEW unknown disease spreading across Asian country deadlier than COVID-19

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 CHINESE officials have warned of a fatal "unknown pneumonia" with a death rate higher than the coronavirus COVID-19 which is spreading across an Asian country.

Kazakhstan’s Eurasian illusions

Astana | CC BY ND 2.0 Chris Price / Flickr

 Trying to find out what “Eurasia” means for Kazakhstan’s foreign policy turned out to be much harder than predicted.

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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