Monthly Archive

October 2009

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 41 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

The Future Nuclear Powers You Should Be Worried About

Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programs -- not to mention the risk of loose nukes in Russia or Pakistan -- are worrying enough. But a number of other countries are looking to join the nuclear club, ... read more..


Jailed Kazakh Uranium Company Chief Requests Hospitalization

The former president of Kazakhstan's Uranium-producing giant KazAtomProm says he needs to be hospitalized, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.     Mukhtar Dzhakishev was released from the hosp... read more..

Political process

EU scraps last Uzbek sanctions

EU scraps arms embargo against Uzbekistan, last sanction imposed after 2005 crackdown       The European Union on Tuesday dropped the last remaining sanctions against Uzbekistan imposed ... read more..


Kazakhstan steps out of Central Asian energy system

Kazakhstan has stepped out of the Central Asian United Energy System, excluding its Chimkent and Jambyl regions, press service of the National Electrical Network Company reported.       ... read more..


Karachaganak consortium to suspend Kazakhstan legal action

Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO), a joint venture led by British BG Group and Italian Eni, suspended legal proceedings against the Kazakh government to recover more than $1 billion in export dut... read more..


Prime-Minister is a butterfly but ant needed

Karim Masimov took main post in Kazakhstani government at the period when all country’s management had “hit the roof” from “colored freebie”. In august 2007 year crisis came along into the Republic bu... read more..


Turkmenistan completes section of gas line to China

Turkmenistan has completed construction on its 188-km section of a 7,000-km natural gas pipeline that extends from Turkmenistan to China, according to official media.     “Work on the Turkmen... read more..


Where is commodity sovereignty of Kazakhstan?

From five Frances which could be placed on territory of Kazakhstan, only two are completely useful for agriculture. It’s quite enough too. However, colossal potential of agricultural sector of the cou... read more..

Events and opinions

The union of NSDP and «Azat – 2» was presented in Kazakh Concert Hall

Upon the oppositional leaders of Azat and NSDP political parties’ declarations the new structure numbers about 400 thousand members. But if their political protest actions are to be attended with the ... read more..

Events and opinions

Not healthy to use the term “strategic partnership” every time

But Presidents Gül and Nazarbayev signed a next strategic partnership agreement     Following an almost decade-and-a-half stall in Turkey's active engagement in brethren Turkic countries ... read more..


Human Rights Watch UPR Submission on Kazakhstan

This submission highlights a number of key areas of concern regarding Kazakhstan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations. In the past several years the government has made a numbe... read more..

Political process

New wedding of political ephemers

The hardest struggle is the struggle with yourself: never know who’s going to win     The latest merge of Bulat Abilov’s Azat party and Zharmakhan Tuyakbay’s NSDP into single “NSDP Azat” is g... read more..

Political process

Rights group urges Kazakhstan to reopen activist case

Human Rights Watch has urged Kazakhstan to launch a new investigation into the case of a jailed activist, saying the Central Asian state was losing credibility as the future chair of a European human ... read more..

Events and opinions

EU Commission critical of Kazakh laws on rallies and demonstrations

The European Commission has been critical about some provisions in the Kazakh laws regulating the conduct of rallies and demonstrations.     While being highly appreciative of Kazakhstan's ... read more..


Is Kazakhstan Fit To Chair The OSCE?

Kazakhstan is being rewarded for these flagrant abuses of authority and civil society with chairmanship of the OSCE in 2010. That decision may encourage leaders of other authoritarian states who routi... read more..

Events and opinions

Turkey, Kazakhstan to sign strategic partnership paper

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will make an official visit to Turkey on Oct. 21-24. This will bear a historic meaning in terms of content. Nazarbayev made his last official visit to Turkey in 2... read more..

Political process

Kazakh court rejects jailed activist's appeal

A Kazakh court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a human rights activist who was jailed last month over a road accident in a trial criticised by rights campaigners as politically motivated.    ... read more..


Jailed Former Kazakh Nuclear Chief Hospitalized

The former head of Kazakhstan's state nuclear corporation, KazAtomProm, who has been in jail since May, was hospitalized on October 19, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.   Mukhtar Dzhakishev'... read more..


Kazakhmys to borrow $2bn from China Development Bank for copper projects

Kazakhmys, the Kazakh mining giant, yesterday announced major funding plans, including borrowing $2bn (£1.3bn) in loans, which it hopes will help get some major unfunded copper projects off the grou read more..


Ex-Soviet bloc to shrink more than expected in 2009: EBRD

The former Soviet bloc economy will contract by a sharper-than-expected 6.3 percent in 2009 before returning to growth next year, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development forecast Thursday... read more..


Kazakhstan ready for BTC

Kazakhstan positioned itself as a potential supplier to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline ahead of a meeting in Ankara with Turkish officials.     Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev h... read more..

Events and opinions

Next nuclear worry for US: Kazakhstan?

So far, the former Soviet state has cooperated with the US on nuclear issues. But a new report suggests that Kazakhstan might be looking to do business with other, less responsible regimes, too.   ... read more..

Events and opinions

US firmly behind Southern Corridor, says Poneman

Aim is to secure access to the Central Asian energy resources     On the heels of US Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar’s visit to Astana, another high-ranking American off... read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan: Domestic Politics Bubbling as Astana Prepares to Assume OSCE Chair

Domestic critics of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s administration in Kazakhstan are rising again. The opposition’s revival may create an internal challenge for Nazarbayev and increase international ... read more..


Another bomb from Rakhat Aliyev

The sensational revelations from President Nazarbayev’s former son-in-law could become even more of a scandal than the ‘Kazakhgate’ criminal trial. The latest interview with Rakhat ALIEV, the for read more..


Chinese investments in Kazakh energy worry Europeans

China Investment Corporation’s acquisition of a stake in KazMunaiGas Exploration Production and the opening of a pipeline linking oil-rich western Kazakhstan to the Chinese border meant it was inevita... read more..


History not likely to vindicate Nazarbayev

Anonymous Kazakh political scientist about progressive megalomania of Nursultan Nazarbayev       The progressive megalomania of Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan, keeps hav... read more..


OSC Analysis: Kazakhstan - Opening Up for Nuclear Collaboration

Kazakhstan, a country with an extensive nuclear infrastructure as a legacy of the Soviet Union, has decided to rely on civilian nuclear programs for economic development and has reached out to numerou... read more..


Russian securuty service detained director of Kazakh company

Moscow police have arrested the general director of the Altyn jewelry company, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.     The arrest of Valentina Shadrina was initiated by Russia's Federal Securit... read more..


Conflict between Financial Police and National Security Committee of Kazakhstan breaks out in Almaty

In Almaty, Kazakhstan, a serious service conflict between the National Security Committee (KNB) of Kazakhstan and local directorate of the Agency on Struggle Against Corruption and Economic Crimes (Fi... read more..

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