Instructors at the Kazakh National Medical University in Almaty have always been candid with their freshmen.

A Kazakh police officer (right) detains an opposition supporter in Almaty on June 10.

 Wake up, Kazakhstan.

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Police officers detain an opposition supporter

Reports from Kazakhstan say authorities have been arresting demonstrators in some districts of the country's largest city, Almaty, after hundreds of people gathered to protest the official results of the June 9 presidential election.

Nursultan Nazarbayev | (c) Abilov/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved

In March, Kazakhstan's long-term leader stepped down, making way for a "transition" of power. But everything about this change has been carefully orchestrated and highly controlled - as this Sunday's elections show.

Loyalist Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took over from long-ruling strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev in March. He is expected to cruise to victory in a June 9 election / © AFP/File

Three women who took part in an anti-government protest are under house arrest on suspicion of belonging to an extremist organisation, police said Sunday, a week ahead of elections in the authoritarian state.


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aslan sagutdinov

 To test the limits of his right to peacefully demonstrate in Kazakhstan, Aslan Sagutdinov, 22, stood in a public square holding a blank sign, predicting he would be detained.

A Kyrgyz border guard checks a vehicle at the country's frontier with Uzbekistan. Central Asian states are looking for ways to ease trade and travel within the region © AFP

 Region known for mutual hostility and glacial change shows signs of opening up