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Kazakhstan: Astana’s Anti-Corruption Campaign: Signal to Top Officials

Last week saw an unprecedented increase in anti-corruption operations in Kazakhstan. On 15 November the Anti-Corruption Service announced it had arrested Bigeldy Gabdullin, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Central Asia Monitor and an Almaty parliament deputy, for libel against high-level officials and blackmail. This incident is apparently a continuation of Astana’s crackdown on journalism and of the factional conflicts within the government, which often use the media for deliberately questionable leaks.

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