The upheaval in Kazakhstan…offers larger lessons about autocracies writ large and the notion of democracy vs. autocracy.
Central Asia articles on Democracy Chronicles
In modern contexts, all definitions of Central Asia include these five republics of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The largely Muslim region has been increasingly anti-democracy since it broke off as a group from Russia in 1991. Also see our section on World Democracy and our articles on Russia and Vladimir Putin.
After Russia sending troops to Kazakhstan to help quell dissent, Belarus is jailing its own citizens for supporting the protests.
The Taliban overran and took over Afghanistan following US pull-out. Freedoms rapidly declined thereafter, including press freedoms.
Security forces in the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan say they have killed dozens of anti-government rioters in the main city, Almaty.
The little-known country of Kazakhstan one of the most autocratic in the world. Recent protests there have been met with brute force.
A GHGSat team recently picked up one of the largest releases of methane ever observed in real time. It was coming from Turkmenistan.
The Taliban terrorist group overran Afghanistan after US exit and then formed a “government” repressive of journalism and free speech.
The once-thriving AUAF campus in Kabul is now under Taliban control, and most of its students and faculty have fled or are hiding.
The Taliban, a known terrorist group, is about to form a new “government” in Afghanistan. An official said ceremony preparations underway.
The EU has pledged to continue to advocate democracy and human rights worldwide beyond the West’s exit from Afghanistan.