Political process

 But the riot police seem to have arrived first

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The squabbling is good news for a regime that relentlessly tries to divide and conquer the opposition. 

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev takes the oath during his inauguration ceremony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. © 2019 Vladislav Vodnev / Sputnik via AP

Allow Protests; Stop Persecuting Critics

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If it walks like a president, talks like a president, and has powers on par with a president…


Pensioner Ernazar Perneev had just arrived at Nauryz Square in Kazakhstan's southern city of Shymkent on October 26 when he was confronted by a representative from the mayor's office.

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The consensus among Kazakhstan watchers is that the former president is trying to contain his successor.

Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (center) made his remarks to interviewers from state TV.

Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev used an extended interview on state television on October 11 to downplay his continuing influence and defer to his successor, condemn "traitors" abroad for allegedly trying to stoke unrest, and generally praise his 29-year rule that ended earlier this year. 

My protest brings all the boys to the yard: Police deploying during election-time rallies in June. (Photo: Danil Usmanov)

An independent polling agency in Kazakhstan has found in a nationwide survey that 43 percent of respondents view demonstrations as a force for good.

Kazakhstan police officers detain a protester during an opposition rally in Almaty, September 21, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov

Since coming to power in June, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev has claimed a desire to accelerate political reforms and improve human rights in the country. 

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An emerging young, urban population has begun to challenge the lasting legacies of the Soviet era.