Three issues dominate Kazakhstan at the moment: the succession of President Nazarbayev, its sizable Russian minority and the hundreds of Kazakh citizens who have joined radical Muslims in the Middle East. Persecution of Christians has increased since last year, including a slight increase in violence. The persecution in Kazakhstan is driven by a regime that seeks to increase its control more and more, as well as Islamic extremism.
Pastor Nikolai Levin has been fined for leading his religious community and the home where his church meets has been placed under a restraining order.
A list of Christian books, used effectively in evangelism, have been banned in Kazakhstan, opening the door to new court cases against the church.