Country Profile

Category: Restricted
Major Religions: Islam 50.1%, Non-religious 27.8%, Christianity 21.8%
Prevalent Ideology: Islam
Leader: President Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan has vast mineral resources and has seen great economic growth in recent years. Islam has also seen a dramatic revival since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Life for Christians
All religious activity must be registered with the government. Violators are commonly fined for distributing religious texts, discussing religion or holding worship meetings. Some church leaders protest these laws by refusing to pay fines. This has resulted in numerous police raids, confiscation of property, prison sentences and prohibition from travel outside the region.

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