Kazakhstan: Astana Having Hard Time Escaping Zhanaozen’s Shadow

While several former oil workers and political activists have been recently released in connection with the unrest in Zhanaozen, three prominent leaders are still in jail awaiting trial. (Photo: Joanna Lillis)

No matter how hard officials in Kazakhstan try to bring closure to last winter’s outburst of violence in and around the western city of Zhanaozen, the incident continues to dent the Central Asian nation’s reputation for stability and rising prosperity.

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Astana Having Hard Time Escaping Zhanaozen’s Shadow

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