Monthly Archive

January 2010

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 30 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

Deadly Collapse At Kazakh Radar Site Sparks Safety Concerns

BALKHASH, Kazakhstan -- A deadly accident at a Soviet-era military base in central Kazakhstan has sparked concerns about people's exposure to toxic materials, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports. The... read more..


Kazakhstan threatens to alter Western oil deals

Kazakhstan threatened on Tuesday to rewrite key Western-run energy projects to implement new tax rules, in a move likely to send jitters among foreign investors operating in the Central Asian state. ... read more..

Events and opinions

The Man Who Won't Be King

It's back to the drawing board for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev in his search for a successor. It seemed as if Nazarbaev had found a suitable heir to the presidency in the form of his son-in-l... read more..


Kazakhstan cuts 2010 economic growth forecast

ASTANA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan, its economy slowly recovering from the global economic downturn, cut its 2010 growth forecast on Friday after recording better than expected results for 2009. ... read more..


La Suisse, eldorado des dynasties de l'Asie centrale

Dinara Kulibayeva, épouse du magnat du pétrole kazakh Timur Kulibayev, a acquis pour 74,7 millions de francs suisses (50,5 millions d'euros) une immense propriété à Anières, banlieue huppée de Genève ... read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan and the O.S.C.E.

This year, Kazakhstan has become the first former Soviet state to assume the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Democratic activists are crying foul... read more..

Events and opinions

Shadowy arms deal traced to Kazakhstan

Crew smuggling North Korean arms to Iran traced to remote air base in Kazakhstan The trail of the plane busted in Thailand last month for allegedly smuggling North Korean weapons to Iran leads b... read more..


Kazakh Ex-Banker Says Nazarbaev Relative Bribed By China

Fugitive Kazakh banker and politician Mukhtar Ablyazov says President Nursultan Nazarbaev's son-in-law, Timur Kulibaev, received enormous bribes from Chinese oil companies seven years ago, RFE/RL's Ka... read more..


Kazakhstan only part of the solution for Nabucco

VIENNA – Kazakhstan is not ready to supply gas to Nabucco at this stage, but Astana is willing to consider supporting the gas pipeline to Austria as the former Soviet Republic develops its gas resourc... read more..

Political process

Turkmens to take down golden monument of ex-leader

Turkmenistan to dismantle monument topped with golden statue of late, eccentric dictator Turkmenistan will take down a tower topped by a golden statue of the Central Asian nation's former dictato... read more..


KazMunaiGas proposes cutting Kashagan costs by $3 billion in 2010

(SRI) - The 2010 budget for the development of the Kashagan field in Kazakhstan could be cut to $7.4 billion from an earlier plan of $10.4 billion, Kazakh state oil and gas company KazMunaiGas (KMG) p read more..


Ex-Botschafter unter Folter-Verdacht

Das Mittelalter scheint noch nicht überwunden zu sein: Anno 2004 wird eine junge Frau und Mutter namens Anastasiya Novikova von Wien nach Beirut gebracht und in ein als Folterkammer umgebautes Zimmer ... read more..


Kazakhstan Is a ‘China Play,’ Stocks Are Cheap, Troika Says

Kazakhstan is becoming a "pure China play," supporting the country's economic growth and bolstering the equity market as links increase with the world's fastest growing major economy, according to Tro... read more..


Kazakh Energy Minister Questions Need to Lead in Uranium Output

Sauat Mynbayev, Kazakhstan's energy minister, questioned the need for the Central Asian country to maintain its world leadership in uranium production. "We're already the top country in terms of ... read more..


Kazakhmys Signs $200 Million Loan Deal With China Bank, Kazakh Fund

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Kazakhmys PLC (KAZ.LN) Wednesday said it has signed a $200 million loan facility with China Development Bank Corp. and Kazakh sovereign wealth fund JSC Samruk-Kazyna to develop ex... read more..

Political process

Austria and Kazakhstan sign investment agreemen

Austria and Kazakhstan have signed a new bilateral investment agreement, it has been announced. People's Party (ÖVP) Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger also revealed yesterday (Tues) Austria h... read more..

Political process

Opposition wants to be part of Kazakh official delegation in OSCE

Almaty. January 14. Interfax-Kazakhstan – Kazakh opposition party Azat (Freedom) requested the OSCE member-states to discuss with Astana the issue of putting opposition representatives on the list of ... read more..

Political process

NAZARBAYEV: Summit needed for stagnant OSCE

On Jan. 1, Kazakhstan became the first former Soviet republic to take over chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Kazakhstan views the OSCE, with its unique geo... read more..

Political process

Rights groups say Kazakhstan has poor rights record OSCE to focus more on security, less on democracy

VIENNA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - New OSCE head Kazakhstan said on Thursday it would refocus Europe's main security and rights watchdog on tackling terrorism and development issues and brushed off criticism ... read more..

Political process

A Future For Citizen Journalism in Central Asia

In the early 2000s, the Ketebayev brothers – Bakhytzhan and Muratbek – ran Central Asia's most interesting journalistic enterprises. They were Kazakhstan's Tan TV and the weekly newspaper Respublika. ... read more..


Journalists In Central Asia Struggle In 'Atmosphere Of Hopelessness And Fear'

With attacks against journalists around the world on the rise, it is no surprise that Central Asian journalism is becoming ever more dangerous. The recent brazen murders of two Bishkek-based jour... read more..


Russia claims Turkish backing for pipeline

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia had won Turkey's backing for Moscow to build a key section of a new gas pipeline seen as a rival of an EU-backed project in Turkish waters. ... read more..

Political process

Kazakh Interior Ministry Says Kyrgyz Involved In Pavlyuk's Murder

ASTANA -- The Kazakh Interior Ministry says Kyrgyz citizens were involved in the recent murder of a Kyrgyz journalist in Almaty, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports. Kazakh Interior Ministry spokesma... read more..

Events and opinions

Alijew-Affäre: Geheimtreffen in Wien Stillhalteabkommen während des kasachischen OSZE-Vorsitzes

Wien - Kasachstans Außenminister Kanat Saudabajew hat sich nach Informationen des Standard in Wien mit Rakhat Alijew, dem Erzfeind der Regierung, getroffen. Ziel dürfte ein Stillhalteabkommen wäh read more..


Tethys Petroleum - a play on central Asia's hunger for oil

China is in an unfortunate position regarding their energy consumption. They currently consume in the region of 8 million bopd (barrels of oil per day) second only to the U.S. However where U.S con... read more..

Political process


No country in the Caucasus or Central Asia saw its ranking rise in this year's Freedom in the World report, released January 12 by the democratization organization Freedom House. Kyrgyzstan's pol... read more..

Political process


Kazakh plans might be reduced to window dressing and finding ways of avoiding upsetting the major powers Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Kazakhstan's chairmanship of the Organization for Se... read more..

Events and opinions

IAEA receives report on Iranian plans of importing purified uranium

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Wednesday it has received an intelligence report that said Iran was planning to clandestinely import purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan.   ... read more..

Events and opinions

Russia denies knowledge of Iranian uranium deal with Kazakhstan

Russia has no knowledge of an alleged Iranian plan to import purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan, the foreign ministry said Thursday.       Moscow is verifying information that a state signator... read more..


Kazakhstan Widens Currency Trading Band, Tenge Little Changed

Kazakhstan's central bank widened the corridor used to control the exchange rate of the national currency against the dollar.     The bank will maintain its target for the average rate of t... read more..

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