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Kazakhstan risks backlash over labor crackdown

International criticism could hamper government image-building effort

Oil drilling services workers in the Kazakh town of Zhanaozen prepare to go on shift at dawn. (Photo by Naubet Bisenov)

ALMATY -- Kazakhstan is facing the growing prospect of an international backlash over a crackdown on labor unions that has curtailed workers' rights and increased the likelihood of social unrest and political destabilization.

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