Kazakhstan: Will the Elderly “Swallow” Pension Reform?

A new Kazakh pension reform bill would increase the retirement age for women from 58 to 63 – to be on a par with the male retirement age. (Photo: David Trilling)

Zhaken Bissenova, the head of a non-profit that helps impoverished women in Almaty, was a long-time supporter of Kazakhstani President Nazarbayev and his economic policies – until recently.

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Alisher Khamidov is a researcher who specializes on Central Asian affairs.

Kazakhstan: Will the Elderly “Swallow” Pension Reform?

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