The contemporary political history of the Republic of Qazaqstan (Kazakhstan)

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Kazakhstan: The Rigged Parliament is Dissolved; The Authoritarian Regime Remains
By Boris Kagarlitsky, 28 March 1995. President Nursultan Nazarbaev's move toward nationalism destroyed ethnic harmony, and in 1994 he introduced IMF neoliberal prescriptions. This led to improverishment, corruption, and mass protest. So he overrode parliament and the constitution and rules by decree.
Pentagon flexes muscles
By Leslie Feinberg, in Workers World, 25 September 1997. U.S. dropping of parachuters into Kazakhstan serves as a warning to anyone questioning the capitalist government there.
What is happening in Kazakhstan?
By Rob Jones, A-Infos News Service, 22 January 1998. The opposition to the regime is in a very weak position. Notwithstanding an almost blanket ban on strikes and demonstrations, there have been many protests in the last year but with the communication difficulties and general repressive atmosphere most parties and organisations are disorganised and geographically isolated.
Break the information blockade on repression in Kazakhstan. Free Kurmanov, Kolokolov and Nikolaev!
Press release by the International Committee for Workers' Rights, 22 January 1998. on September 19, three young opposition activists were arrested, and two have been held in prison. Appended is a right wing attack on this appeal for support for them.
Opposition members imprisoned as presidential campaign gets underway
News Release from Amnesty International, 16 October 1998. The three-day administrative detention sentences handed down on two opposition leaders may be an attempt to punish them for their political opposition to the Kazak government and to dissuade them from campaigning in the forthcoming presidential elections.
Strongman Wins Landslide in Disputed Poll
By Sergei Blagov, IPS, 11 January 1999. Kazakhstan's strongman Ursultan Nazarbayev won his country's first multiparty elections with ease. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), of which Kazakhstan is a member, had said in advance that it would not recognise the polls' results since it felt that basic rules of democracy had been violated.
Appeal (concerning the elections of 10 October 1999, in Astana)
From the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Kazakstan, Trud, 1 December 1999. The elections of October 10, 1999 in Astana, capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, violated the Constitution. The Central Voting Committee regulations were ignored.
On Political Situation in Kazakhstan
Workers' Movement of Kazakhstan Solidarity Executive Committee, 22 May 2000. President Nazarbaev's speech, broadcast by all TV channels on April 19, gave signal to a new wave of reaction and further strengthening of his personal power.
Representatives of the Democratic Forces in Kazakhstan Demand U.S. Oil ‘Bonuses’ to Corrupt Politicians and Consultants Be Returned to Kazakh People
Kazakhstan 21st Century Foundation press release, Wednesday 10 January 2001. A letter to Members of Congress and the U.S. Justice Department requesting that any funds confiscated by the U.S. government as a result of the Department of Justice investigation focusing on corrupt payments involving Kazakhstan President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev and American trade consultant James Giffen be returned to the people of Kazakhstan.
Repression in Kazakhstan—your support is needed now!
From International Solidarity with Workers in Russia, 21 March 2001. In Kazakhstan the restoration of the market system has led to the collapse of industry and mass poverty. Here big business has already put into practice a blueprint for controlling workers—a regime of severe repression, where workers who organise strike actions are beaten and sent to prison.
BBC Country Profile, 11 May 2001. Basic facts about the Republic of Kazakhstan.