For Intersection Project, I tried to sort through the implications of Kazakhstan now jailing citizens for insulting the head of another state - Putin:
Now, via Kazakhstan and Dosov, we see a new, disquieting means of stifling criticism of Putin abroad—to say nothing of adding to the list of Kazakhstan’s methods of silencing domestic dissent. Governments close to Moscow, thanks to the ruling in Dosov’s case ruling, can look to Kazakhstan and see a government where local officials jail those critical of Moscow. And at this point, there’s little reason to believe Dosov will be the last to suffer under such policy.
And with The Diplomat, I looked at Kazakhstan's move to block anonymous comments online, and Donald Trump's differing views on Russian and Chinese expansionism.