President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan since 1991. Parliamentary and presidential elections are neither free nor fair, and all major parties exhibit political loyalty to the president. The authorities have consistently marginalized or imprisoned genuine opposition figures. The dominant media outlets are either in state hands or owned by government-friendly businessmen. Freedoms of speech and assembly remain restricted, and corruption is endemic.
Freedom in the World — Kazakhstan Country Report
Kazakhstan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net— Kazakhstan Country Report
Kazakhstan is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
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