Kazakhstan: Zhanaozen Wounds Heal, but Sense of Injustice Remains

On Yntymak Square, the epicenter of the turmoil five years ago, a giant “I Love Zhanaozen” sign is a popular spot for posing for selfies. (Photo: Joanna Lillis)

The oil workers were shocked to see that the city would try to hold a party just yards from the spot they had occupied for months in the hope of negotiating higher salaries.

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

Kazakhstan: Zhanaozen Wounds Heal, but Sense of Injustice Remains

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