Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record has regretably deterioriated since its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in October 2014.

A view ofthe presidential palace in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. PHOTO: JUSTYNA MIELNIKIEWICZ FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Kazakhstan’s leaders struggle to balance hungerfor Chinese investment with fears of encroachment by their giant eastern neighbor

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 A judge quickly agreed to send the case to Almaty; Serikzhan Bilash is charged with inciting violence against Chinese.


An ageing central Asian leader grooms his daughter to succeed him, and she then overcomes suspicion from her patriarchal society to unite her people.

US Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York

A federal judge in New York ordered former BTA Bank JSC chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov to pay the Kazakh lender’s legal fees for the discovery process after he failed to hand over evidence in a lawsuit accusing him of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. real estate.

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Fear is subsiding and the jokers are out in force
Just one of the many jokes at new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's expense. Widely shared.

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On one level, the victory of the opposition candidate in a mayoral election in Istanbul won’t change
that much. 


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.

A Theory of Social Change YouTube

 This animation grew out of one program officer's desire to articulate a clear, compelling and concise theory of social change--and to share and discuss it with others.