Staunton, Mar. 10 – Many analysts have concluded that the reason that the East European and Baltic countries have overwhelmingly done so much better in recovering from communism is that they had a past to return to rather than having to invent something entirely new, the task that stood before most former Soviet republics.
That is what makes so interesting and important efforts by people in some of the latter to recover their own democratic pasts and seek to build on them. Such attempts in Azerbaijan and Georgia have attracted some attention (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2016/10/azerbaijanis-must-recover-national-name.html and windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/05/soviet-recognition-of-georgia-in-1921.html).
Now, at a time of transition, some in Kazakhstan are doing the same, looking back to the Alash Orda government and movement at the time of the Russian Civil War as a model and even forming a new political party committed to realizing the national liberation goals of that long ago group.
For some time, Kazakh intellectuals have been intrigued by the Alash Orda and its articulation of an independent state committed to democracy and national liberation (nlobooks.ru/magazines/novoe_literaturnoe_obozrenie/166_nlo_6_2020/article/22963/