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Stories about Kazakhstan

25 June 2017

Kazakhs Ridicule ‘Self-Made Man’ Puff Portrait of Presidential Grandson

"While the man toils towards the welfare of Kazakhstan, his policies are something that every prominent person can emulate."

3 June 2017

From Kazakhstan, A Tale of Famine and Flight

"I was six years old. My uncles, my father’s younger brothers, led me by the hand. We walked by night and slept by day."

30 May 2017

Kazakhstan Is Preparing to Effectively Ban Political Opposition

The banning of independent candidates at presidential elections is yet another blow to hopes of a democratic future.

28 May 2017

Lost in Translation in Central Asia: My Tokol's Car Is a Toyota

A Kyrgyz or Kazakh man's 'younger wife' is like 'a cow without horns'. She suffers social stigma and enjoys few rights.

18 April 2017

Kazakhstan's Great Alphabetical Distraction

Kazakhstan's veteran leader suddenly seems to think the country's long-planned transition to a Latin alphabet is very pressing indeed. The country's social media users want to know why.

31 March 2017

Back in the USSR?: Critics Say Draft Legislation Puts State Above Rights in Kazakhstan

"Can we designate people that leave their rubbish bags lying around outside their apartment doors enemies of state interests and remove their citizenships?"

23 March 2017

Is Kazakhstan's President a Dictator? You Decide.

The Bridge

In a recent discussion with a hand-picked selection of journalists, Nazarbayev took pains to explain why Asian societies aren't always suited to democracy.

7 March 2017

Silicon Valley Giant Uber Caught up in Kazakhstan Wooden Stool Scandal

"Uber. Are you completely nuts? Is this what a Californian startup looks like?"

26 February 2017

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

19 February 2017

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Advox

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

30 December 2016

Central Asia in 2016: The More Things Change…?

"Why do they mess about? They should just appoint themselves immortals and pass a law banning death from visiting them."

29 December 2016

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

Advox

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

20 December 2016

Kazakh TV Channel Famed for Fake News in Hot Water after Fake Interview

The interview with a self-promoting Kazakh news presenter that never happened was quickly disowned by the purported interviewer.

16 December 2016

Social Media Sites Blocked in Kazakhstan on 25th Anniversary of Independence

RuNet Echo

Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoAdvox

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.

6 October 2016

Boy Bands, Ballet and Battles over Masculinity in Central Asia

"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."

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