Political process

zaderzhalmKazakh police detained dozens of people who demonstrated in the Central Asian nation's biggest city on Thursday after an opponent of President Nursultan Nazarbayev urged his followers to protest.

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The demonstrations were organized at the behest of foreign-based opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov.

thediplomat ap 17185520221480 386x223With all the quiet chaos beneath the surface in Moscow, Beijing seems poised to benefit.

tatishevtahmadiMuratkhan Tokmadi was sentenced March 16 to 10 1/2 years in a maximum-security prison for murdering the chair of the BTA Bank Yerzhan Tatishev during a hunt in 2004. It is the second verdict in the case that had been previously qualified as manslaughter by negligence.

ablyazovparFacebook and Telegram have been malfunctioning since an opposition movement was labelled extremist.

policeukRussia and other authoritarian states are gaming the system to go after dissidents.

Location of KazakhstanLawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to use two of the nation’s Caspian Sea ports as transit points for shipping nonmilitary material to Afghanistan.

Kazis Toguzbaev RFERL 640x350Russia is rapidly losing its traditional leverage in Kazakhstan. Not only is demographic change swiftly reducing the share of ethnic Russians in the population, but the government in Astana is promoting the Latinization of the Kazakh alphabet (see EDM, April 25) and a new and more radical generation of Kazakh nationalists is coming to the fore.

20171021 asp502Nor was it a triumph of democracy

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