Political process

Russia’s Unhappy Energy Marriage with China

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

Kazakhstan: Tokmadi sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison for murdering former BTA Bank chair

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.

Kazakhstan Closes Spigot to Opposition Leader’s Information Channels

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

Interpol Is Now a Crime Victim

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

Kazakhstan Grants US Access To Ports For Afghan-Bound Goods

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.

Moscow Losing Its Leverage in Kazakhstan as Astana Loses Influence Over Nationalists

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.

Kyrgyzstan holds an election that was not a foregone conclusion

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Marking a Year After Protests in Kazakhstan

thediplomat 2016 10 18 18 18 24 386x196Freedom of the press, a devastating landslide, meeting a manaschi, and a special bonus; weekend reads.

Kazakhstan Country Profile

country flag KazakhstanRegime Classification: Consolidated Authoritarian Regime

Brothers Again: Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

thediplomat 2017 03 23 15 26 42 386x258Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana.

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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Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

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