Political process

Kazakh head wants tougher laws to counter extremism

The spread of religious extremism threatens stability in mainly Muslim Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Thursday, urging parliament to adopt tougher laws on migration and religious activity. Oil-producing Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest and most successful economy, has only recently witnessed outbursts of militant Islam experienced by other former Soviet states in the vast region bordering Afghanistan.

Russian authorities complete investigation of BTA’s fraudulent real estate deal in Moscow

(SRI) - Russia’s Interior Ministry has completed a preliminary investigation of several Russian businessmen accused of being involved in a $730-million fraud scheme surrounding land deals of Kazakhstan’s [1] BTA Bank in Moscow, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.

Kazakhstan blocks "extremist" foreign Internet sites

livejournalALMATY (Reuters) - A court in Kazakhstan ruled on Friday to block access to 13 foreign Internet sites, including the popular blogging service LiveJournal, saying they were propagating terrorism and inciting religious hatred.

Striking Oil Workers' Leader Sentenced In Kazakhstan

natalia sokolovaAQTAU, Kazakhstan -- A leader of the striking oil workers in western Kazakhstan has been sentenced to a one-year suspended jail term, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

PROFILE: Aset Isekeshev - Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Deputy Prime Minister

aset isekeshev(SRI) - Aset Isekeshev, one of Kazakhstan's most influential politicians, serves as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and New Technologies.

U.S. rights body urges release of Kazakh lawyer

natalia sokolovaALMATY (Reuters) - The U.S.-based human rights body Freedom House has demanded the immediate release from prison of a Kazakh labor lawyer, saying trumped-up accusations were used to punish her for supporting striking oil workers.

Kazakhs marching in step with the Americans?

Discussions of the military aspect of Kazakhstan's "multi-vector diplomacy" usually conclude that, whatever happens with oil and gas and other trade, the country's armed forces are likely to remain oriented toward Russia. That's because language limitations mean Kazakh officers who train abroad are most likely to do so in Russia, and of course because the military's legacy equipment and doctrine is Russian.

KAZAKHSTAN: IMPRISONMENT OF OPPOSITION LEADER REVIVES JUDICIAL SYSTEM CONCERNS

The jailing in Kazakhstan of an opposition leader on charges of holding an unsanctioned rally is stoking fresh concerns over the fairness of the judicial system in the country currently chairing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

U.S. watchdog says Kazakhstan violating OSCE values

ALMATY (Reuters) - A U.S. media group has criticized Kazakhstan for effectively banning an opposition newspaper, saying the move violated the core values of Europe's main democracy watchdog, chaired by Kazakhstan this year.

Kazakhstan and the O.S.C.E.

nytimesThis year, Kazakhstan has become the first former Soviet state to assume the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Kazakhstan: Nervous authorities keep election observers at arm’s length

Kazakhstan: Nervous authorities keep election observers at arm’s length

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Central Asian Economies: Thirty Years After Dissolution of the Soviet Union

Central Asian Economies: Thirty Years After Dissolution of the Soviet Union

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Europe’s weak protections for refugees leave Central Asian dissidents at extreme risk

Europe’s weak protections for refugees leave Central Asian dissidents at extreme risk

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