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The Crocus Attack On the evening of March 22, in the Crocus City concert hall in the Moscow region, a handful of militants carried out a terrorist attack, killing at least 144 people and injuring around 550. According to Russian authorities, when the ...
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On March 26, residents of the Akmola region, near the capital Astana, blocked a road in protest with the flood control measures they deemed inefficient. They argued that the roads had flooded because of the untimely removal of snow. Two days later, a ...
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According to Temur Umarov, research fellow at the Carnegie Berlin Center, a certain stereotype has developed in both expert and public discussions. The stereotype is that China and Russia dictate the dynamics of all political and economic processes in ...
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It was a difficult but interesting 12 years. We were blocked, we almost shut down in 2016, when you, our readers, saved us. As we were looking for new formats for development, we held offline events and festivals, but all this was stopped by the COVID-19 ...
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A court in the southern city of Taldykorgan sentenced on March 18 three police officers to prison terms of four to six years for having exerted violence against detainees during Qandy Qantar. The following day, a court in Almaty sentenced three police ...
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Within the massive Gulag system of prison camps, ALZHIR operated between 1937 and 1953. With the help of newly declassified CIA satellite imagery, a Czech crew traveled to Kazakhstan in 2021 to shoot a new documentary on ALZHIR and the massive nearby ...
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Katsu had already expressed concern for the future of NU in connection with the arrival of Kazakhstani managers close to the government, as well as the intention to reduce funding for the university. “Now, the university is being picked apart at the seams ...
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Mutali is from the southern city of Shymkent, but lives in Almaty. While many perceive him as a queer activist, he thinks of himself as a creator of media projects. We sat down with him after Selftanu, one of his projects, was blocked by government decree ...
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During his visit to Azerbaijan on March 11, Tokayev said Kazakhstan would increase oil exports through Baku. Kazakhstan exported around one million tons of oil via tankers from Aktau to the port of Baku, which was then shipped via a pipeline connected to ...
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Not so Sovereign According to Uzbekistan’s Constitution, the region of Karakalpakstan is a sovereign republic, with its own institutions. Around two million people live there. Proposed amendments to the Constitution in 2022 threatened Karakalpakstan’s ...
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Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov traveled to Russia on March 4 for his first foreign visit since he was appointed last month. Relations between Russia and Kazakhstan have been close, despite the diplomatic distance with respect to Russia’s war of aggression ...
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Who is organizing what: Bibinur Sheraliyeva, the founder of Rahym, a foundation that helps “mothers of many children” and upholds “family values”, said on her Facebook page that the Almaty government had agreed to her request to hold a rally “in honor of ...
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Students at Nazarbayev University in Astana received an “unofficial warning” against holding a rally for International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, MISK, the Youth Information Service NGO, told the press on March 1. Students at Nazarbayev University held ...
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When a pro-government demonstration around violence against women took place last November, the hosts opened the event with the words: “We believe in our president. We share his opinions and we will help him.” Is this the official passphrase with which ...
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A joint investigation by OCCRP, Buro Media, and Verstka found that sanctioned high-tech goods from Europe have continued to reach Russia, despite sanctions, via companies registered in Kazakhstan, using storage facilities in Belarus. The investigation, in ...
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This comes against the backdrop of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s promise to impose greater financial discipline on the government. His ultimate goal is to double the assets of the National Fund by 2030, bringing them to $100 billion. While doing so, ...
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Kazakhstan failed to comply with OPEC+ restrictions on oil production in January, the ministry of energy said on February 14. OPEC+, a group of oil exporting countries beyond the original OPEC members, sets production quotas for each signatory country in ...
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At a cabinet meeting on February 7, Tokayev said that the government should work on improving the tax collection system and tackle the shadow economy. The government had earlier considered increasing the value-added tax from 12% to 16%. Lower-than- ...
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This method, set in stone by a government decree, is the sale of shares of Kazmunaigas (KMG), the national oil and gas company. The National Oil Fund, which is managed by the Central Bank, is the designated buyer of these shares. Samruk-Kazyna, the ...
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The umbrella term often used for Russians that have left in the past two years is “relokanty” (“those who moved”, in Russian). A study by the Center for European Policy Analysis argues that relokanty can be split into four macro-categories. The first ...