Kazakhstan: Labor Unrest Denting Astana’s Economic Image

Workers tighten bolts on machinery in 2009 at an oil company in Zhanaozen – one of two Kazakh cities where several thousand oil workers have been on strike over pay and benefits. (Photo: David Trilling)

Mangistau, an oil-rich region on the Caspian Sea, is sometimes described as the motor of Kazakhstan’s vibrant economy. These days, it is also a hotbed of social tension.

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Alisher Khamidov is a freelance writer specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Kazakhstan: Labor Unrest Denting Astana’s Economic Image

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