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Campaigning for Kazakstan’s April election is supposed to start on March 3, but billboards praising President Nursultan Nazarbaev began appearing as soon as the ballot was announced last month. (Photo: Serik Kovlanbaev)
27 Feb 11
Presidential election serves little purpose apart from claiming democratic credentials.
Defendants accused of torture are driven away from the Zarechny prison after the trial court spent a day cross-examining inmates brought as prosecution witnesses. (Photo: Alexei Smirnov)
15 Feb 11
Prison warders prosecuted in watershed case.
President Nazarbaev has caught everyone on the hop by calling a snap election in April. (Photo: Serik Kovlanbaev)
Editorial Comment
4 Feb 11
President Nazarbaev offers “lesson in democracy” by dropping plans to extend current term, but slips in an early election instead.
Police in Uralsk detain journalist Sanat Urnaliev (centre) and other demonstrators. (Photo: R. Uporov)
21 Jan 11
Journalist who led demo against referendum allowing president to avoid elections says even small-scale protest has symbolic value.
Police in Almaty confiscate copies of the Golos Respubliki newspaper overnight on January 13-14. (Photo: Serik Kovlanbaev)
19 Jan 11
Newspaper’s plan to campaign against prolonging president’s rule lands it in trouble.
Opponents of extending the Kazak president’s term prepare to hand in a protest petition to Nur Otan, the governing party. (Photo: Serik Kovlanbaev)
13 Jan 11
Referendum allowing President Nazarbaev to stay on without election would be bad for democracy, critics say.
4 Jan 11
IWPR partner radio stations say service helps develop their journalists and lift their output.
4 Jan 11
IWPR partner radio stations say service helps develop their journalists and lift their output.
Kazak Newsstand (Photo: Irina Mednikova)
21 Dec 10
Local and international watchdogs report backsliding in a year when major improvements were promised.