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How a Domestic Violence Trial Ended Kazakhstan’s Political Nihilism

The crushing of protests in 2022 spawned despair

A high-profile conviction has renewed hope that the law can actually bring justice.

Over the past month, the public in Kazakhstan has been closely following the jury trial of Kuandyk Bishimbayev, who was accused of brutally beating and killing his wife, Saltanat Nukenova.

While formally the trial was about domestic violence, it captivated the public and mobilized many sectors of society due to its political significance…

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