Monthly Archive

June 2010

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Former MAN executive admits paying kickback in Kazakhstan

Munich (dpa) - A former senior executive at MAN, the German engineering group, admitted in court Wednesday to paying a huge kickback to obtain an order from Kazakhstan to supply turbines. Heinz J... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Clash Over Border Policy

For much of September, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have engaged in a heated diplomatic exchange over a shooting incident along their shared frontier. The row underscores the fact that border sensitiviti... read more..


Government must be accountable to its citizens

  U.S. Helsinki Commission chairman Cardin concerns over lifetime powers for kazakhstani President WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and... read more..

Events and opinions

Kyrgyz authorities try to get Uzbeks to vote

Kyrgyzstan's authorities focus on getting ethnic Uzbeks to polls after bloody rampages One after another, people came out of their houses in this village of ethnic Uzbeks to show how their passpo... read more..

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OSCE calls for international police force in Kyrgyz south

An international police force may be needed to restore stability in southern Kyrgyzstan after the ethnic bloodshed that has killed hundreds and sparked a wave of refugees, an OSCE official said on Wed... read more..

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Security service charges former Astana Finance bosses with embezzlement

SKazakhstan's National Security Committee (KNB), the country's security service, said on Tuesday it had charged defaulted Astana Finance's former chairman Kintal Islamov and former chief executive Art... read more..

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Rights group: new Kyrgyz raid on Uzbek area

Human Rights Watch says Kyrgyz troops launch new raids of Uzbek areas in southern Kyrgyzstan Troops beat several dozen men and women in an Uzbek neighborhood in southern Kyrgyzstan's main city on... read more..

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Kyrgyz leader backs referendum as trouble flares

JALALABAD, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva pledged on Monday to press ahead with a referendum in six days' time for the sake of stability, as violence flared again in the Central ... read more..

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Witnesses say Kyrgyz police attack Uzbeks, kill 2

Kyrgyz government forces swept into an ethnic Uzbek village Monday, beating men and women with rifle butts in an assault that left at least two dead and more than 20 wounded, witnesses told The Associ... read more..

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Former Russian Energy Minister Worried By Caspian Oil Spill Threat

ST. PETERSBURG -- Former Russian Energy Minister Yuri Shafranik says he is concerned about the threat of a major oil spill in the Caspian Sea, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports. Shafranik told RFE... read more..

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Ethnic Uzbeks refuse to go home in Kyrgyzstan

Fearing for their lives, ethnic Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan refuse calls to return to their homes Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks massed on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan refused to return home... read more..

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Don't believe the regime’s spin on Kazakh bank restructuring

Sir, I read with surprise Gillian Tett's article "Lessons to be learnt from Kazakhstan's rescue model" (June 4) about the restructuring of BTA, one of the largest banks in Kazakhstan. This articl... read more..



Whoever does not help to resolve the conflict in Kyrgyzstan, must then deal with the consequences of this omission By Akezhan Kazhegeldin The collapse of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's regime ... read more..

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Big Oil Will Be a Big Test for Kazakhstan

This vast Central Asian country, the size of western Europe with just 15 million inhabitants, proved an instructive vantage point for scrutinizing the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and abov... read more..

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Kazakhstan, China sign gas, nuclear energy deals

China and Kazakhstan agreed on Saturday to build and finance a gas pipeline and deepen atomic energy ties, extending Beijing's influence in a region where it has used its financial might to access nat... read more..

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UN says violence in Kyrgyzstan was orchestrated, hundreds reported dead

The U.N. has found evidence of bloody intent behind the chaos in Kyrgyzstan that killed hundreds, left the nation's second-biggest city a smoldering ruin and sent more than 100,000 ethnic Uzbeks fleei... read more..

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Kazakh president declared Leader of the Nation

President Nursultan Nazarbayev was declared Kazakhstan's Leader of the Nation on Tuesday, which could signal the start of his gradual departure from the political scene in the oil-producing Central As... read more..

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US, Kyrgyzstan in talks on fuel supplies at key air base: US

The Pentagon said Thursday it is in talks with Kyrgyzstan's provisional government about fuel supplies for its operations at Manas air base, a key transit point for US troops headed to Afghanistan. ... read more..

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Nazarbayev May Become Kazakh ‘Leader of Nation’ on Technicality

President Nursultan Nazarbayev may become Kazakhstan's "leader of the nation," with immunity from prosecution and the power to dictate policy after retirement, even though he refused to sign a law tha... read more..

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Kazakhstan waste sulfur poses serious ecological problem

A solution to such an important for Kazakhstan ecological problem as disposal of waste sulfur depends directly on the world prices for grain. According to specialists, block sulfur deposits that have ... read more..

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Kazakhstan: Economic Crisis Crimps Astana's Grand Plans for Higher Education

Kazakhstan's higher education system is taking a battering from the global financial crisis, jeopardizing Astana's ambitious plans to turn the country into an Asian tiger economy. Thousands of young p... read more..

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Lessons to be learnt from Kazakhstan

Ever since the film Borat was released, the word "Kazakh" has tended to provoke sneers on western bank trading floors. Right now, however, it merits more respect – at least as far as the issue of fina... read more..

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Kazakh president rejects draft law on special powers

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday rejected a draft law to make him "Leader of the Nation" and grant him special powers for life if he resigned, showing he is not about to quit as head ... read more..

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US presses Azerbaijan, Turkey on gas transit deal

A senior US envoy urged Azerbaijan and Turkey on Wednesday to sign a long-awaited deal he said was crucial for retaining confidence in Western plans to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas. ... read more..

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Central bank urges sale of BTA and Alliance

Samruk-Kazyna should expedite the sale of its majority stakes in BTA Bank and Alliance Bank, Kazakhstan's central bank chairman Grigoriy Marchenko stated, saying that the state should not have a major... read more..

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Kazakhstan-2010: Not Free Long-standing authoritarian practices continued even as Kazakhstan became chairmanship of the OSCE

Kazakhstan received a downward trend arrow due to a spate of politically motivated libel suits against critical media outlets, a restrictive new internet law, arbitrary arrests of officials and busine... read more..

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National Security Departments in every country very often used their opportunities to influence country leaders and sometimes to remove unwanted ones from country governance. With the help of secret d... read more..

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US stops refueling tanker planes at key base

US stops refueling tanker planes supporting Afghan war in price dispute at key transit base The U.S. military has stopped refueling tanker planes at its Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan as the U.S. r... read more..

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