Clashes between Kazakhs and various non-Kazakh minorities like the Uyghurs and Dungans have become increasingly common in Kazakhstan. But now, many in Nur-Sultan and in Moscow fear that tensions over language, employment and even settlement patterns between Kazakhs and ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan will lead to similar outbursts of violence. Such a development would certainly accelerate the departure of additional ethnic Russians from the country and exacerbate tensions between Moscow and Nur-Sultan. Indeed, some Russian commentators are already suggesting that Moscow should intervene in Kazakhstan as it has in Ukraine to protect Russians and Russian speakers from Kazakh nationalism (see EDM, February 11, 2020 and September 9, 2021).
A court in Kazakhstan has toughened the sentence of a jailed activist convicted of “creating a banned organization and taking part in its activities.”
Kazakhstan’s Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (KMBPCh) said on October 26 that a court in the Central Asian nation’s largest city, Almaty, ruled last week that Ulasbek Akhmetov’s sentence must be toughened and two more months must be added to his two-year prison term.
Investment in human capital, green transformation, and attention on human rights is essential for the further successful development of Kazakhstan, stakeholders at a recent forum in Nursultan said.
“Over the past two years, Kazakhstan has undertaken comprehensive political reforms,” Maulen Ashimbayev, Chairperson of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said at the recent Eurasian Media Forum held n the country’s capital.
Kazakh civil activist Almat Zhumagulov has been released from a penal colony after completing almost four years of an eight-year prison sentence on terrorism charges that human rights watchdogs say were politically motivated.
Zhumagulov’s October 1 release from the Zarechny penal colony in the Almaty region came after a Kazakh court approved his request to serve the rest of his prison term in a regime of “restricted freedom” — a parole-like sentence — rather than in a penitentiary.
Aron Atabek, pictured here in prison, is said to be in poor health.
A Kazakh court has ordered the release of a dissident poet who has been in prison for 14 years and who had been hospitalized in recent days for unspecified health problems.
The order freeing Aron Atabek, 68, was issued by the Pavlodar City Court on October 1.
Police detaining protesters in Nur-Sultan on October 1
Kazakh police detained eight protesters, mostly women, demanding the release of relatives they say are being illegally held in China.
The October 1 protests were the latest in a series of demonstrations in Kazakhstan linked to the massive detention of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other ethnic groups in the neighboring Chinese province of Xinjiang.
A Kyrgyz delegation met with the Taliban’s acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on September 23.
It took Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan a little longer than their neighbors to articulate their stances on a Taliban-led government in Afghanistan.
Distance has its benefits, and since neither Kazakhstan nor Kyrgyzstan directly borders Afghanistan, the governments in Nur-Sultan and Bishkek could react more slowly to events than Afghanistan’s immediate neighbors to the north: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Roscosmos Center for Operation of ground-based space infrastructure and Basis Construction (Kazakhstan) signed an agreement for construction of a launch complex for the Soyuz-5 carrier rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday.
According to the CEO, the sides start working on the reconstruction of both start and technical complexes of the Zenit rocket (a Ukrainian-made rocket that was previously planned for use in the Bayterek project).
Earlier during his visit to Yekaterinburg, Rogozin expressed his hope that the contract would be signed before the end of September.
In 2018, Russia and Kazakhstan signed a protocol on amendment of the 2004 inter-governmental agreement on the creation of the Bayterek complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The protocol defines the sides’ obligations, as well as the procedure of the withdrawal of rent and handover of the Zenit-M complex ground infrastructure to Kazakhstan for modernization.
Kazakhstan is responsible for creating the ground infrastructure by upgrading the Zenit-M rocket complex while Russia develops Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 carrier rockets that will be launched from there. The first launch is scheduled for late 2023. The launching complex will be named the Nazarbayev’s Start.