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RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service: Radio Azattyq

In a propaganda-filled media environment, Radio Azattyq offers informed and accurate reporting that exposes corruption and counters Chinese and Russian disinformation.


  • Established in 1953, Radio Azattyq operates out of bureaus in Nur-Sultan and Almaty, reporting in Kazakh and Russian languages.
  • Produced multiple documentaries and investigations into public corruption.
  • Radio Azattyq broke the story that former President Nazarbayev and his family obtained state-owned lands.
  • Investigated the assets of President Qassym-Jomart Toqaev’s family in Kazakhstan and abroad.
  • Counters Chinese and Russian disinformation.
  • During January 2022 unrest, Azattyq’s YouTube channel had nearly 100 million views in one month, a historical record.
  • Kazakh Service was the only media outlet in the country to gather the names, photos, and stories of “Bloody January” victims in an ongoing project to document the tragedy.
  • Extensively covered snap presidential elections in November 2022.



January – December 2022

  • Website: 73.6 million visits; 106.4 million page views
  • Facebook: 156.9 million video views; 26.4 million engaged users
  • YouTube: 237 million views; 1.63 million subscribers
  • Instagram: 127.3 million video views; 703,000 followers

Updated: April 2023

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