Territory in west central Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Qazaqstan Respublïkası


Kazakhstan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Kazakhstan (Kazakh: Қазақстан, Qazaqstan; Russian: Казахстан), officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country in Central Asia and Europe. The ninth largest country in the world by land area, it is also the world's largest landlocked country; its territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres is larger than Western Europe. It is neighbored clockwise from the north by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and also borders on a significant part of the Caspian Sea. Although Kazakhstan does not share a border with Mongolia, its most easterly point is only 38 kilometres from Mongolia's western tip. The terrain of Kazakhstan ranges from flatlands, steppes, taigas, rock-canyons, hills, deltas, and snow-capped mountains to deserts. With 16.6 million people (2011 estimate) Kazakhstan has the 62nd largest population in the world, though its population density is less than 6 people per square kilometre. The capital was moved in 1998 from Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, to Astana. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.64, Rank: 96, Personal Freedom: 5.93, Economic Freedom: 7.35, Democracy Index: 2.87
Kazakhstan | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 24, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 5
"In April 2015, Nursultan Nazarbayev won a landslide victory in an early presidential election, securing a fifth term in office. Government corruption and the president's family remained taboo subjects in the press, social media, and academia, and official hostility toward discussion of two additional controversial topics, the conflict in Ukraine and the spread of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Central Asia, further diminished space for freedom of expression."
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.35, Rank: 52