Nothing slowing the repressive spiral
The beginnings of a grave economic crisis and his advancing age are accentuating “Leader of the Nation” Nursultan Nazarbayev’s paranoia and desire for control. The main opposition national newspapers were all banned in 2013 and any new independent newspaper is inevitably closed within months. The judicial authorities constantly harass recalcitrant journalists, the Internet is now closely controlled and a series of draconian laws now allow officials to cut telecommunications or impose prior censorship whenever they see fit.
160 in 2015
53.46 in 2015