Transitional Justice Attempts in Kazakhstan

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The Soviet regime left serious wounds in Kazakhstan, yet after declaring its independence in 1991 the republic chose to deal with those legacies through a very narrow transitional justice program that primarily included symbolic commemoration and inconsistent rehabilitation of victims of Stalinist crimes. This chapter is the first to overview efforts to reckon with the Soviet abuses in Kazakhstan; a country that is still engaged in its post-Soviet political, economic, and social transition. Drawing on government documents, media reports, and secondary literature, this chapter explores the ideas, interests, and institutions that have designed and carried out transitional justice for the victims of two large-scale tragedies in Soviet Kazakhstan under Stalin: the famine of 1931–3, and the purges of 1937–53.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past, Looking toward the Future
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108182171, Cynthia M. Horne, Lavinia Stan
ISBN (Print)9781107198135
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • Politics and International Relations
  • Stalinism
  • transitional justice
  • criminal law
  • Kazakhstan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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