David J. Kramer and and Sam Patten write for the Washington Post:
Unfortunately, Nazarbayev’s record as president since his country gained independence in 1991 shows that Kazakhstan is moving away from, not closer to, a democratic system of government. Indeed, the profound disconnect between reality in Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev’s assertions resembles other authoritarian regimes where leaders seek to wrap themselves in some form of democratic legitimacy.
And so on. Amazing how the tune changes when you’re not directly sponsored by the Kazakh government, eh?