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Vlast spoke with academic researchers Elmira Satybaldieva and Balihar Sanghera, who wrote the book “Rentier Capitalism and its Discontents: Power, Morality and Resistance in Central Asia”, published by Springer in 2021. In their book, the authors explore ...
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Ak Zhol, which has a long history of siding with the ruling party in the Majilis, the lower house of Parliament, confirmed that its candidates would run. Another party already in parliament, the People’s Party, announced its participation in the elections ...
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The court concluded that Uzbekistan had fallen victim to a separatist plot to break Karakalpakstan off from the rest of the country. This was despite all the defendants – even those who admitted guilt – denying the existence of any conspiracy, and ...
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A number of specialized programs for the development of regions in Kazakhstan have become the foundation of this subdivision into three worlds. The first, “cities of republican significance”, Almaty, Astana, and Shymkent. The second, regional capitals and ...
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Journalists and experts said the current situation resembles the era of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. There seems to be little support from the state, which has stalled the search for the perpetrators of the attacks. More violence could now be on ...
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One of the main findings of the investigation was that the “authorities have failed to conduct impartial and effective investigations into the events, and especially in regards to the allegations of torture and ill-treatment by officials.” The report ...
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In late 2022, we met again at her new studio – a cozy spot in Almaty’s city center to talk about the present and future of Kazakhstan’s documentary film scene. Documentaries are not typically the kind of blockbuster films that earn producers a lot of ...
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Besides registered parties, several individuals filed or said they would file applications to run in single-mandate districts. Commentators believe this could be an occasion to witness an interesting electoral campaign. Election observers, however, fear ...
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The main difference with the previous elections is that independent candidates are back. They can run to win seats in single-mandate constituencies. These constituencies were gradually abolished in the past 15 years, resulting in almost entirely non- ...
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Tokayev was re-elected on November 20 for another term in office. According to the latest constitutional reforms, this would be a single seven-year term, after which he will have to hand over his post. But if last time, like the previous ones, we again ...
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Tayab Ali, a partner at the Bindmans law firm, introduced two of the three members of the commission and lodged criticism towards the Kazakhstani authorities for first agreeing to hold high-level meetings and then canceling at the last minute. The ...
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The ministry of justice said it registered a new party on January 19. Respublica, affiliated with a group of entrepreneurs, together with Baitaq, registered last December, is the first party in more than a decade to be officially recognized. On January 14 ...
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In 2022, Brendan Fraser returned to film with a bang. He had been a star in the late 1990s and early 2000s, becoming famous with The Mummy series. Yet, box office failures, health problems, a divorce, and a sexual assault incident he suffered sent him ...
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Journalist Zhanargul Zhumatai, an ethnic Kazakh living in China, said that she feels threatened by the Chinese authorities and risks arrest. This is a rare public cry for help for a representative of ethnic minorities living in China’s western Xinjiang ...
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A photoshopped image that circulated at the end of December on social media of the newly-unveiled Tagzym Memorial in Almaty’s Republic Square featured the “I gave the order” quote on one of the stone slabs that in fact feature citations by well-known ...
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Thousands rounded up The events that Kazakhstan witnessed during the first days of January 2022 were extreme and unprecedented. A nationwide state of emergency was declared, and the authorities used all means necessary to regain control - even calling for ...
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Aikorkem was one of the hundreds of victims of the violent repression of protests erupted across the country last year, which became known as Qandy Qantar (“Bloody January”). On January 5, Berik Assylov, the General Prosecutor, told Parliament that the ...
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Answering questions from Vlast on January 5, Berik Assylov confirmed that Massimov played a main role in the turmoil that became known as Bloody January (in Kazakh, “Qandy Qantar”). “There were preparations for a coup d’etat. A criminal proceeding against ...
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When nationwide protests sparked in January 2022, and then escalated into clashes with law enforcement, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev branded the protesters as “terrorists,” police departments talked about officers being beheaded and about “a mob of ...
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Tokayev visited St. Petersburg on December 26 to attend an informal meeting of heads of state of CIS countries. The nine-member-strong organization aims to improve intra-regional trade. Former President Nursultan Nazarbayev could lose some of his ...