Political process

Putin's new law means bureaucratic class can prey on ordinary Russians even more

russian president vladimir putinRussian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows the Constitutional Court of Russia to decide whether or not to comply with judgements made by international rights courts – a measure seen as a response to Russia losing many cases in Strasbourg, and being ordered to pay large sums of money.

Kazakhstan: UK-based journalist Bela Kudaybergenova quits because 'she can't lie anymore'

 

jurnalWhen Kazakhstan celebrated its independence day on Wednesday (16 December), one former journalist with the Central Asian state's broadcaster was grateful she did not have to report it.

Kazakhstan: who ordered the killings and tortures?

zhanozenzFour years after the massacre of striking oil workers by security forces at Zhanaozen in western Kazakhstan, the campaign to unmask those who gave the orders goes on

Kazakhstan seeks global recognition through ties with major powers

kazchinKazakhstan's relations with China have been growing extensively since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992. As the first Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan, my memory of this bilateral relationship goes back to the initial stage when the two built relations.

A New Title for the Tajik President

rahmoneJust in case it wasn’t clear, Emomali Rahmon is likely to be named the Leader of the Nation.

Central Asia’s pipeline politics: a quest for energy independence

chxinzCaught between superpowers Russia and China, can Central Asia's "stans" exert their independence amid a changing energy landscape?

Daughter of Kazakhstan’s President Appointed Deputy Prime Minister

dariga nurIn Kazakhstan, it seems, there are second chances for daughters tainted by political scandal.

Could a Ukraine style crisis happen in Kazakhstan?

nazputThe Kazakh government has a delicate balancing act between Russia and China, according to an opinion article by David Clark in The New Statesman, Britain’s weekly current affairs magazine, on August 4.

Extradition as a political tool

astanavCIS states, such as Russia and Kazakhstan, have sought to manipulate the extradition process in order to persecute opponents, write Ben Keith and Rebecca Niblock.

Kazakhstan Goes After Opposition Media in New York Federal Court

nazdipThe government of Kazakhstan tries to use a U.S. federal statute to take down an opposition newspaper. Central Asia may be one of the least economically integrated regions extant, but the countries remain as tapped into Western legal structures as any – especially when attempting to smother opposition voices. The latest bit of legal manipulation came last year, when the Kazakhstani government used the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a U.S. federal statute, to sue unnamed “Doe” defendants in federal court in New York.

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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