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Stories about Kazakhstan

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

25 November 2016

Kyrgyzstan's President and the Little Personality Cult that Couldn't

"Atambayev, father of the nation? No, he's some kind of surrogate."

2 November 2016

Viewed from Central Asia, US Democracy Is Looking More and More Like the Region's Own Version

The Bridge

Clinton the Second or Trump the Great? The choices look pretty familiar to observers from one of the world's most authoritarian regions.

1 November 2016

Halloween: Ghoulish Fun or Grand Western Conspiracy?

Devil face-masks are no damned joke in certain corners of the former Soviet Union.

29 October 2016

100 Years of Beauty in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Countries that shared a similar existence under the Kremlin's yoke found in their national wardrobes rich sources of self-expression.

3 October 2016

Qatari Emir's Dead Falcon Sets the Stage for Diplomatic Stir with Kazakhstan

"There were no obvious reasons for holding them, but still the falcons stayed in the same place."

22 September 2016

What Central Asian Leaders Can Learn from Ban Ki-moon’s Last Speech as UN Secretary General

"My message is clear: serve your people. Don't subvert democracy. Don't pilfer your country’s resources. Don't imprison and torture your critics."

20 September 2016

Lies, Damned Lies and the Health of Central Asian Presidents

The hype over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia was nothing. These guys spend their lives on the verge of death.

5 July 2016

Kazakhstan's Capital Has a Million Residents? Probably Not.

"The president says a million. And the president never makes mistakes."

2 July 2016

Will This ‘Toilet Cleaning’ Conflict Between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Ever Stop?

"Yes, maybe we clean toilets, but it is honest work [...] We are just feeding our families and we make a big contribution to Kyrgyzstan's economy."

21 June 2016

Will the Extremely Boring Twitter Feed of Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Be Enough to Save Him?

"A massive information attack has begun against the Prime Minister launched by forever fickle MPs, and those affiliated with different oligarchic groups."

7 May 2016

Facebook Posts Tell the Tale of a Kazakh Land Reform Furore

As Kazakhstan's economic crisis rumbles on, the authoritarian government's PR blunders go from bad to dangerously worse.

3 May 2016

Kazakhstan's Defence Ministry Shows How the Country's Women in Arms Have Changed Through the Ages

From sword-wielding nomads through commandos toting automatic rifles, women have played their part in defending the country's borders.

17 April 2016

If Kazakhstan Made Valentine's Day Cards…

The cards mark Kazakhstan's National Day of Lovers on April 15, created by the government as an alternative to the Western celebration.

3 April 2016

Facebook Lands More People in Trouble in Kazakhstan

Global Voices Advocacy

'Kazakhstan has drawn criticism ... for what media rights advocates have described as the excessively punitive libel damages sometimes levelled at journalists.'

16 March 2016

All Holds Barred in Cage ‘Fight’ Between Two Kazakhs

Blood is thicker than water, and more important than prize money.

21 February 2016

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their “Cyber-Borders”

The obscure Organisation of Eurasian Cyber-Security says an open internet can spur 'colour revolutions' of the sort already witnessed in the ex-Soviet region.

10 February 2016

Ukrainian Artist Kseniya Simonova Shows Kazakhstan Through the Sands of Time

Kseniya Simonova shot to fame as a 'sand animator' after winning Ukraine's Got Talent in 2009.

3 February 2016

Kazakhstan's Requiem for the Tenge Drowns Out Upbeat President

"It seems it is time to start exporting organic fertiliser. This is a particularly promising direction, given we are now fairly deep in shit."

28 January 2016

The Rest of the World Is Finally Noticing the Touristic Charms of Central Asia

Often overlooked, five Central Asian Stans are home to magnificent natural beauty and rich culture.

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