An ageing central Asian leader grooms his daughter to succeed him, and she then overcomes suspicion from her patriarchal society to unite her people.

US Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York

A federal judge in New York ordered former BTA Bank JSC chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov to pay the Kazakh lender’s legal fees for the discovery process after he failed to hand over evidence in a lawsuit accusing him of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. real estate.

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Fear is subsiding and the jokers are out in force
Just one of the many jokes at new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's expense. Widely shared.

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On one level, the victory of the opposition candidate in a mayoral election in Istanbul won’t change
that much. 


Instructors at the Kazakh National Medical University in Almaty have always been candid with their freshmen.

A Kazakh police officer (right) detains an opposition supporter in Almaty on June 10.

 Wake up, Kazakhstan.

A Theory of Social Change YouTube

 This animation grew out of one program officer's desire to articulate a clear, compelling and concise theory of social change--and to share and discuss it with others.

Police officers detain an opposition supporter

Reports from Kazakhstan say authorities have been arresting demonstrators in some districts of the country's largest city, Almaty, after hundreds of people gathered to protest the official results of the June 9 presidential election.

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In March, Kazakhstan's long-term leader stepped down, making way for a "transition" of power. But everything about this change has been carefully orchestrated and highly controlled - as this Sunday's elections show.

Loyalist Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took over from long-ruling strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev in March. He is expected to cruise to victory in a June 9 election / © AFP/File

Three women who took part in an anti-government protest are under house arrest on suspicion of belonging to an extremist organisation, police said Sunday, a week ahead of elections in the authoritarian state.