One of the few high-quality English-language sources of information on Kazakhstan and Central Asia is Eurasianet, which you can read here:
http://www.eurasianet.org/resource/kazakhstan, especially reporting by Joanna Lillis.
Reporters Without Borders
More low-down on Kazakhstan and Almaty can be found here:
Not a pretty picture, as you can see here:
Performance Anomalies has been named one of the Best Books on Kazakhstan by Caravanistan Silk Road Travel Guide.
The guide is a rich resource for all Central Asia travel matters: