In the previous articles of our series, we have noted that the policy of turning the screws in the matters of domestic politics is the only viable survival tactic for the current Kazakhstani elite. And it doesn’t matter who is in the forefront of it – the current leader of the nation, his successors or a new “elbasy”.
December 16 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. However, another special day for Kazakhstan is also coming this summer. June 22 2017 will mark the 27th anniversary of…
As we demonstrate in “Nazarbayev’s Pyrrhic Victory and the State Policy Failure”, there are currently no drivers to stimulate and strongly influence the Kazakhstan economy and these drivers are unlikely to appear any time soon. With what, then, Kazakhstan must live at present?
In the first article of the series, we argued that preserving the current state policy would lead to a collapse of Nazarbayev’s political system. It will happen because the very foundation of the existing system lies in a tacit agreement between the ruling elite and the Kazakh citizens.
The arrest of the former deputy head of the presidential administration of Kazakhstan, Baglan Maylybaev, for the disclosure of government secrets, had caused an explosive effect in the country. For the first time, a government official of such high- rank, has been arrested for a political crime. Moreover, he was not an ordinary government official for that matter, but one who for the longest time, was almost solely responsible for the implementation of all ideological and domestic policy work in the republic. This fact alone calls for a detailed analysis of a nature and results of his work.