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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
- 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
- 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
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.