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A partial handover of political power through an orchestrated transition takes Kazakhstan into uncharted territory. Will it be able to pursue modernization and reform, and break from its authoritarian past?

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Government critics argue that the ruling has transformed the protestors, three of whom are mothers of young children, into political martyrs. 


It is just a tiny grocery store in a decrepit, Khruschev-era five-story apartment block in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan – but it is flooded with shoppers, 24 hours a day.

See the similarities? (David Trilling)

Beijing needed testing grounds for risky investments.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets with Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Nov. 2, 2019. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Saturday that China stands ready to promote China-Kazakhstan relations to a new level.

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The Prosecutor-General's Office has called on citizens not to take part in what it called "illegal" rallies planned by the banned Kazakhstan's Democratic Choice (DVK) movement on September 21.


The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is a Russian-run structure, loosely modelled on the European Union.

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 “Man-in-the-middle observation can be benevolent”

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Mukhtar Dzhakishev’s passionate speech about the flaws of Kazakhstan’s justice system echoed beyond the courtroom in Semey where he awaited a decision on his plea for parole.

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The jailed former president of Kazakhstan's uranium giant Kazatomprom, Mukhtar Dzhakishev, has been denied early release for the second time in months.