Kazakhstan: Violence in Zhanaozen Threatens Nazarbayev Legacy

A billboard of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev hanging on the side of the charred OMG company headquarters in Zhanaozen reads: “Congratulations on the Independence Holiday!” (Photo: Joanna Lillis)

On the charred side of a building in the troubled town of Zhanaozen in Kazakhstan’s energy-rich west hangs a poster of a smiling President Nursultan Nazarbayev above a slogan: “Congratulations on the Independence Holiday!”

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Violence in Zhanaozen Threatens Nazarbayev Legacy

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