IAC EURASIA ARCHIVE

December 2009

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Economy

China, Kazakhstan unveil landmark gas pipeline

China, Kazakhstan unveil natural gas route tapping into Central Asia's energy riches     The leaders of Kazakhstan and China jointly unveiled Saturday the Kazakh section of a natural gas pipe...

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BP sells stakes in CPC, Tengiz to Russian Lukoil

BP sold its interest in Kazakhstan's Tengiz oil field and the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) to Russian Lukoil, as it completed the long-awaited exit from Kazakhstan.     Lukoil will pay...

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Shipment bound for Middle East

Crew deny knowing plane carried weapons       The crew of the aircraft held in Bangkok after it was found to be carrying a large stock of war weapons say they planned to offload part of th...

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RUSSIAN CARGO PLANE INTERCEPTED ON ASIAN WEAPONS RUN

Thai authorities have seized tonnes of weapons from an eastern European plane travelling from North Korea.     The plane, headed for South Asia, was searched when it landed at Don Mueang ...

Events and opinions

Activists hope OSCE chairmanship will help improve freedom of speech in Kazakhstan

The Adil Soz freedom of speech foundation has said it hopes the situation with freedom of speech in Kazakhstan will improve after the country takes over the OSCE chairmanship next year.     ...

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Kazakh uranium boss trial to proceed

A criminal case against Mukhtar Dzhakishev, the former head of Kazakhstan's state uranium firm Kazatomprom, will proceed to court.       Interfax-Kazakhstan informatsionnoe agentsvo reported...

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Kazakh Court Dismisses Rights Activist's Appeal

Human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis was sentenced in September       An Almaty regional court today rejected an appeal from jailed human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis for his case to be ...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Report Focuses Attention on Astana's OSCE Priorities

An American task force funded by the government of Kazakhstan to prepare a series of reports about the Central Asian country's upcoming OSCE chairmanship has completed its final report, which puts for...

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Kazakh groups to snub London

Companies from Kazakhstan plan to move some of their fundraising away from London, according to the country's central bank governor, because UK investors failed to stand by the central Asian state dur...

Economy

Stephen King: How China is putting the skids under Western economic revival

In recessions past, the Western economies exported their problems to countries elsewhere in the world. As the US and European economies tripped up, so their demand for raw materials would drop. Commod...

Events and opinions

Kazakh uranium output growth set to decline

Kazakhstan's uranium output growth is set to moderate in 2010 after a leap in recent years that has made it the world's largest producer, analysts said, citing technological and economic consideration...

Economy

FACTBOX-Uranium ventures in Kazakhstan

Kazakh uranium output growth is likely to moderate due to technological and economic considerations as it is set to become the world's largest producer this year.     Below are facts about ...

Events and opinions

Kazakh steel town fights to shake off Soviet legacy

Its chimneys towering high above the steppe of central Kazakhstan, the Temirtau steel plant spews enough smoke to cloak the entire city with a cloud of toxic emissions.       A giant maze of rus...

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Kazakh leader removes head of security service

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has removed the head of the Central Asian country's security service after it clashed publicly with other law enforcement bodies.     Amangeldy S...

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New security agency head named

Adil Shayakhmetov has been appointed the new head of Kazakhstan's intelligence agency, the National Security Committee (KNB), replacing Amangeldy Shabdarbayev.       Shayakhmetov, a KNB veteran,...

Economy

BTA strikes restructuring deal with creditors

BTA Bank, Kazakhstan's embattled lender, has reached a deal to restructure its $11.6-billion debt on December 7, the bank said in a statement.     The package is reportedly worth $5.57 bill...

Events and opinions

Kazakh steel town fights to shake off Soviet legacy

Its chimneys towering high above the steppe of central Kazakhstan, the Temirtau steel plant spews enough smoke to cloak the entire city with a cloud of toxic emissions.     A giant maze of ...

Events and opinions

Customs Union with Russia and Belarus Raises Doubts in Kazakhstan

Fielding questions from viewers on state-controlled television channels on November 13 Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced that on November 27 the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kaza...

Events and opinions

Russia: Moscow Embraces New Initiative to Forge Post-Soviet Trade Bloc

Russia wants to turn a newly minted Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan into its major vehicle for post-Soviet economic integration in Central Eurasia.     Russia, Kazakhstan and Belaru...

Events and opinions

Kazakh leader says to enforce diverse economy

President Nursultan Nazarbayev told global oil and metals majors working in Kazakhstan on Friday he would force them to help diversify the economy as the government pledged $67 billion to modernise in...

Economy

Kazakh groups to shift away from London

Companies from Kazakhstan plan to move part of their fundraising away from London, according to the country's central bank governor, because UK investors failed to stand by the central Asian state dur...

Economy

NIOC world's 2nd largest oil company: report

Kazakhstan's Kazmunaigas and Uzbekistan's Uzbekneftegas appear in the Top 50 for the first time.   National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) ranked the second in the list of the world's 50 largest o...

Events and opinions

Handymerchant, or for whom the Customs Union is in favor

Less than a month left until Kazakhstan's entrance into Customs Union with Russia and Belarus, but there are more questions than answers on present moment. Objectively, a big economical alliance would...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Has Astana Met its OSCE Pledges?

Kazakhstan will celebrate the New Year by fulfilling a cherished ambition: on January 1 it assumes the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. But an OSCE Ministerial ...

Economy

Uzbek power grid withdrawal set to cause shortages

Central Asia braces for shortages as Uzbekistan plans to pull out of electricity grid   Uzbekistan is about to pull the plug on its neighbors.   The authoritarian nation says it will wit...

Events and opinions

OSCE says Kazakhstan faces rights challenge

A top OSCE official says Kazakhstan's human rights record is a challenge to its forthcoming presidency of the group.       But Janez Lenarcic, chief of democratic institutions and human rights f...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan's OSCE watchdog role raises concerns

Human rights groups have expressed concern that Kazakhstan will take the chair of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) next month.             The OSCE's mandate is ...

Economy

EBRD urges Kazakhstan to ease reliance on commodities

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) encouraged Kazakhstan to continue its efforts to diversify its economy and stop relying on commodity prices as an engine for economic growth...

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"In the end I will return to Kazakhstan."

He says that his ultimate aim is to overthrow Mr. Nazarbayev, even though he could be caught up in British courts for years to come. "I am just here temporarily," he insisted. "In the end I will retur...

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Tajikistan: Dushanbe May Stop Water Flow as Uzbekistan Pulls Plug on Power

For more than a decade Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have had a rocky relationship. But now, following an announcement by Tashkent that it is withdrawing from the Central Asian electricity grid, bilateral...

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