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Last week, we wrote that the ministry of internal affairs had charged O. Tokarev and four other foreign citizens for organizing a range of attacks against journalists in recent months. On March 4, however, the ministry and the secret service (KNB) said ...
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In an interview three years ago, you told us that the idea of “old town” or historical centers is not popular in Astana. Has this changed at all since then? I think that it has changed. And in relation to the situation in the world and in the region, the ...
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In order to encourage people to keep their deposits in tenge, the government said the deposit balance should remain positive for at least one year. Those who withdrew part of their savings would have the state handout calculated on the lowest sum. This ...
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The mastermind behind a range of attacks against journalists was arrested, according to a statement by the ministry of internal affairs on February 28. The police said the alleged organizer of the targeted aggressions was a foreign citizen, identified as ...
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“For now, this is our only consolation. My heart flutters when I come here. It’s as if I find my last hope here,” one of the protesters said. For two years, dozens have struggled to have their relatives released from the Chinese camps. By the consulate, ...
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On 1 January 2023, the government adopted a law on the establishment and development of urban agglomerations, which had been in the works since the mid-2010s. According to the law’s principles, these agglomerations should become “growth nodes”. This ...
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The ministry of internal affairs said on February 22 that since September the authorities had detained 18 people accused of attacking journalists. The following day, the ministry added that “it is still early” to define them as planned attacks. A draft ...
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This war is neither ‘just a European issue,’ nor is it about the ‘West versus the rest’. It is about the kind of world we all want to live in: no one is safe in a world where the illegal use of force – by a nuclear power and permanent member of the ...
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The modern understanding of the Kazakh word “toi” encompasses much more than the traditional celebration of certain stages of a person’s life (birth, first steps, reaching school age, marriage), but also jubilees and other professional or family ...
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A group of residents of the Karaganda region is collecting signatures against the ongoing construction of an ash pond, used by coal-fired power plants to dispose of waste. As of February 17, the group has collected more than 5,000 signatures. Karaganda is ...
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After the latest attacks on journalists, which included a threat at gunpoint against the son of journalist Dinara Yegeubayeva and the delivery of a package of raw meat to the editorial office of Ulys Media, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed the ...
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Just days before the petition, an Instagram video capturing the cupping of a child went viral. While this is an ancient method believed to cure diseases, the scientific community says its benefits are not supported by evidence. Several doctors signed a ...
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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 this interview, the authors ...
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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 ...