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Kazakhstan: state threat to shut down independent trade unions

Five years ago today, Kazakhstan's security forces clashed with protesting workers in the oil town of Zhanaozen, killing 14. Now the authorities are going after independent trade unions.

Kazakhstan’s thin red line

How the trial of veteran journalist Seitkazy Mataev heralds an even bleaker future for freedom of speech in Kazakhstan. Русский

Тонкая красная линия по-казахски

Дело против известного журналиста Сейтказы Матаева представляет прямую и неприкрытую опасность для будущего свободы слова в Казахстане. English

Kazakhstan: the limits of authoritarian crisis management

Violent attacks on state institutions have shaken the Nazarbayev regime in recent weeks, exposing its fixation with information control over state management.


The end of the Nazarbayev dream

Kazakhstan’s networked authoritarianism is a powerful system of media control, but it leaves little room for the regime to manoeuvre. Русский

Unmasking Central Asia's neoliberal judges

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Despite claims of impartiality, judges in Central Asia often incorporate neoliberal economic and moral values into their judgements on illegal settlements.

 

Kazakhstan's quiet balancing act

Alongside partners east and west, Kazakhstan has learned how to play a quiet balancing act—with lessons for the Kremlin.

 

The Sochi Syndrome

Grandiose urban development projects and international mega-events are ideal opportunities for authoritarian leaders to flaunt their power – and provide their associates with lucrative construction contracts.

The irreplaceables in Central Asia

924055_0.jpgIn Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the authorities don’t even have to stuff the ballot boxes, their presidents have done everything they can to appear irreplaceable.

Kazakhstan's reluctant leader

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Why does a president-for-life call snap elections?

 

When Russia sneezes, Central Asia catches a cold

Simon_opt022 crop 65x80.jpgRussia’s financial crisis has produced a contagious effect in Central Asia, where cheap oil is exacerbating the poor economic outlook.

 

Regime preservation in Central Asia

Summit pic - Photopress Kremlin.ru_.jpegFor elites in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, regime preservation is priority number one. Even if that means cozying up to Putin.

 

The ‘kiss of the titans’ in Kazakhstan

Kurmangazy Pushkin Kiss.pngIn Kazakhstan, a local court has ordered compensation to be paid to the ‘victims’ of a poster showing Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin kissing the Kazakh national composer Kurmangazy. на русском языке

 

Is Central Asia afraid of ISIS?

The self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ has been seizing more and more territory in the Middle East, and now has its eyes on Central Asia.

 

Making work easier for Kazakhstan’s migrant workers

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Astana has introduced a new patent system for its guest workers, the ‘gastarbaitery.’ But does the new system work for Kazakhstan’s guest workers?

Concreting over the Silk Highway

The ‘Silk Highway’ will connect Western Europe with China, no matter what the locals think.

 

 

The spillover effects of Western sanctions, in Kazakhstan

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There is anxiety in Kazakhstan about the spillover effects of Western sanctions

 

The galloping militarisation of Eurasia

In recent months, attention has overwhelmingly been focused on Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. But there is a wider and more disturbing process of militarisation underway throughout the Eurasian region. на русском языке

Kazakhstan and the EEU: the rise of Eurasian scepticism

As in Europe, scepticism towards regional integration is on the rise in Kazakhstan. And just like the Old Continent, Astana is learning to play this to its advantage…

 

The importance of not being a 'stan'

What’s in a name? President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan was apparently in earnest when he recently suggested changing the name of ‘his’ country. If he gets his way, the domestic and international implications are very real.

Kazakhstan – the succession

President Nazarbayev has turned Kazakhstan into a Central Asian powerhouse. He is 73, and shows no sign of giving up the reins. But there are riches at stake, and people waiting in the wings.

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