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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 ...
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Architecture is also politics. Republic Square is not an accessible area, with its uneven grounds and without proper walkways. The Akimat - the seat of the mayor - sits on a hill, literally cut off from the people. The center of power has been detached ...
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The day before, residents of Taraz, a city in the south of the country, visited the local prosecutor general’s office to demand the charges against their dead relatives be removed. A court in Taraz charged a range of people for participating in mass riots ...
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Magzum Mirzagaliyev, CEO of state-owned Kazmunaigas, held high-level talks with German officials in Astana this week and confirmed that the company is ready to consider shipments to Germany. Kazakhstan could send its oil to Germany via the Druzhba ...
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“We have taken measures to prevent this in the future,” said the ministry after the incident, without specifying which measures: The press service essentially reprimanded the minister, who was talking to journalists. So which press release were they ...
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The Prosecutor General said on December 14 it had granted amnesty to more than one thousand people accused of petty crimes during Bloody January. Courts have considered the amnesty for some criminal cases since November 3. At an extended government ...
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Yet, many were surprised by this, as Roskomnadzor once again tried to “meddle into the affairs of a foreign country”. Which is exactly what happened, and not just yesterday and not only since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Even before the ...
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Once known as “Oralman” (in Kazakh, ‘returnee’), ethnic Kazakhs who move to Kazakhstan are now defined as “Qandas” (in Kazakh, ‘compatriot’, literally ‘same-blood’). Around one hundred thousand Qandastar settled in the western region of Mangistau, a ...
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President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev flew to Bishkek on December 9 to meet the heads of state of the Eurasian Economic Union, an organization that includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. In Kyrgyzstan’s capital, the heads of state held a ...