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Kazakhstan

Election Of New Kazakh Parliamentary Speaker Sparks Talk Of Power Struggle

NUR-SULTAN — The former deputy chief of the Kazakh presidential administration, Maulen Ashimbaev, has replaced as parliamentary speaker, Dariga Nazarbaeva, the daughter of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, in a sign of a possible power struggle at the top of the country’s leadership. Presidential spokesman Berik Uali wrote on Facebook on May 4 that members […]

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Rights Defenders Accuse Kazakh Authorities Of Using Coronavirus Restrictions To Stifle Dissent

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Rights defenders in Kazakhstan say the government is using restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus outbreak to crack down on dissent. Several leading civil and human rights activists in the Central Asian nation were arrested over the weekend on charges of distributing fake news about the pandemic. Almaty-based human rights activist Marzhan […]

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Kazakh Opposition Activist Detained For ‘Spreading False Information’

A leading Kazakh political activist and government critic has been detained by police in connection with allegedly spreading “false information” during a state of emergency.A police statement issued on April 18 said Arman Shuraev had used social networks to “repeatedly spread knowingly false information,” although it offered no details.The former television executive turned nationalist politician […]

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U.S.-Russian Crew Lands Safely In Kazakhstan After More Than 200 Days In Space

Three members of the U.S.-Russian crew have returned to Earth after spending several months at the International Space Station (ISS). Russia’s Roskosmos space agency said the Soyuz MS-15 capsule carrying the crew chief, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and NASA Flight Engineers Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan landed safely on April 17 in Kazakhstan. Skripochka and […]

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RFE/RL Chief Welcomes Almaty Court Ruling Over Police Inaction Over Attack On RFE/RL Reporters

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has welcomed a Kazakh court ruling that an investigation should continue into the failure of police to act against individuals who attacked the broadcaster’s reporters and hindered their professional activities. The Almaty City Investigation Court on April 15 agreed with a lawsuit filed by Aiman Omarova, a lawyer for RFE/RL, against […]

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Almaty Court Says Police Inaction On Attacks Against RFE/RL Reporters Was Illegal

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — A Kazakh court has ruled that an investigation should continue into the failure of police to act against individuals who attacked RFE/RL reporters and hindered their professional activities.The Almaty City Investigation Court on April 15 agreed with a lawsuit filed by Aiman Omarova, a lawyer for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, against police […]

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Kazakh Activist In Psychiatric Clinic After ‘Attempting Suicide’ During Military Service

NUR-SULTAN — A Kazakh civil right activist who was drafted into the army ahead of last year’s presidential election has been placed in a psychiatric clinic after he attempted to commit suicide, his mother says. Alimzhan Izbasarov, 24, tried to kill himself after being a victim of hazing and pressure by officers and other conscripts […]

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Kazakhstan Protests Over Chinese Article Questioning Its Territorial Integrity

NUR-SULTAN — Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry has officially protested an article published on a Chinese website that questioned Kazakhstan’s territorial integrity. The ministry said on April 14 that it “held talks with the Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan, Zhang Xiao, during which the ministry protested against the publication of an article on the website sohu.com in China […]

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Kazakh Security Officials Arrest Man They Say Was Plotting ‘Terrorist’ Attack

The National Security Committee for Kazakhstan says it has arrested a man suspected of plotting a terrorist act in Nur-Sultan, the capital of the Central Asian nation.”The man is suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in the capital under the influence of the ideology of the international terrorist organization Daesh,” the committee said in a […]

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