Residents of many Kazakh cities lost their lands and homes to urban-renovation projects in 2014, prompting many to refer to construction commissions as "Godzilla."
Icebergs Under A Scorching Sun
Amid gloomy predictions for the Russian economy, many Kazakhs have doubts about prospects of being in an Eurasian Economic Union with Belarus, Russia, and Armenia.
New Road Hazard
Danger! Several well-connected people escaped punishment after being involved in fatal traffic accidents in 2014.
Even the tenge, the Kazakh currency known for its instability, can look down on the falling ruble.
Activist Roza Tuletaeva, jailed following the deadly clashes between police and antigovernment protesters in Zhanaozen in 2011, has "conditionally" been freed.