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.
A church in Kazakhstan is under investigation following an event at which they invited teens to study the Bible, drink tea, and play games.
After positive strides towards religious freedom by the Kazakhstan President, the recent raids on Christians’ homes and churches in Kazakhstan seem to signal a "backward step."