Kazakhstan: Hospital workers demand resignation of government official over spread of COVID-19

By David Levine, 22 April 2020

Hospital workers demanded that the city’s chief public health officer, who accused medical workers of being responsible for the spread of the virus, be removed from office.

20,000 flee Kazakhstan after inter-ethnic violence claims 11 lives

By David Levine, 20 February 2020

The inter-ethnic violence affected predominantly Dungan villages in the southeast of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev resigns amid mounting political crisis

By David Levine and Clara Weiss, 30 March 2019

The crisis in Kazakhstan is a result of the resurgence of working-class struggles and the escalating war drive by US imperialism against Russia and China.

Tony Blair offered advice to Kazakhstan dictator

By Robert Stevens, 30 August 2014

Former prime minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair is the go-to man for advice to all manner of blood-soaked dictators.

Kazakhstan devalues national currency

By Clara Weiss, 3 March 2014

The national bank devalued Kazakhstan’s currency by 18.9 percent against the US dollar without warning, cutting the purchasing power of workers by almost one fifth.

Kazakhstan’s president signs pension reform bill amid popular opposition

By Adam Soroka, 16 July 2013

In late June, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into law a pension reform bill that will raise the retirement age and increase workers’ contributions.

Kazakhstan: Eleven workers, one officer sentenced following police massacre

By Clara Weiss, 30 May 2012

Following a ferocious police intervention ending in the deaths of 16 striking oil workers in the city of Zhanaozen on December 16, a court has sentenced 11 workers in Kazakhstan.

Workers put on trial after police massacre in Kazakhstan

By Clara Weiss, 27 April 2012

More than three dozen workers and political activists have been put on trial following a brutal intervention by police on December 16 in the Kazakh city Zhanaozen, which left at least 17 striking oil workers dead and hundreds wounded.

Kazakh elections take place amid rising social tensions

By Clara Weiss, 27 January 2012

On January 15, Kazakhstan held its parliamentary elections amid rising social tensions.

Police massacre striking oil workers in Kazakhstan

By David Firestone, 19 December 2011

A public commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of Kazakhstan independence on Friday in the town of Zhanaozen, located 60 kilometers from the shore of the Caspian Sea, turned into a violent police attack on striking oil workers.