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Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Bans “Hired” Election Critics

Kazakhstan likes to portray itself as open to dialogue with the West – but is it open to criticism?

After observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) slammed Kazakhstan’s January 15 parliamentary vote as fraudulent, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced that in future certain “experts” voicing critical views will be banned from attending Kazakhstan’s elections.

“We are no longer going to invite to Kazakhstan experts hired by someone who criticize our elections,” Nazarbayev said on January 18.

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Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Bans “Hired” Election Critics

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