By: Joanna Lillis | eurasianet.org
On Thursday evenings the Respublika editorial office in Almaty is a hive of activity as the Kazakhstani weekly newspaper goes to press. But it is not your average printing operation: it has echoes of the underground publishing methods used by the Soviet-era intelligentsia to evade the censors’ red pencil.
Censorship does not officially exist in Kazakhstan today. However, because it is denied access to regular printing houses, Respublika (which is well-known for hard-hitting content often stridently critical of Kazakhstan’s ruling elite) has been forced to resort to a latter-day version of samizdat, a term loosely translated as “self-publishing.”