Monthly Archive

February 2011

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 20 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

No Twitter revolt for Central Asia's closed regimes

High fees, spying, and outright blockage -- Central Asia's regimes are not short of ways to control Internet blogs and social networks which have mobilised the recent protests in the Middle East. ... read more..

Events and opinions

Soviet Stepchildren

Communism fell, but liberty has yet to arrive in Central Asia. Beyond, behind, mysterious and unvisited, the great expanse of what was once Soviet Central Asia sits ignored somewhere near the end... read more..

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Kazakh President Energized After China Trip

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has wrapped up a visit to China and is heading home with lucrative contracts to supply China with energy resources and promises of some $7 billion in Chinese loans... read more..

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Kazakhstan: Leaflets Urge Kazakhs to Take Inspiration from Arab Uprisings

Almaty residents have found some unusual post in their mailboxes this week. Among the usual stack of adverts for supermarkets and pizza delivery lies a mysterious political tract on the tumultuous eve... read more..

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Kazakhstan embraces Chinese investment

Kazakhstan announced billions of dollars in deals with China on Tuesday, underlining central Asia's gradual shift away from Moscow and towards Beijing. Meeting in Beijing on Tuesday, President Nu... read more..

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Kazakhs deny poll move linked to Egypt

A key adviser to Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev has insisted the president's move to call early elections was not prompted by events in Cairo – and that there is little chance of an ... read more..

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Arab wave unlikely to hit former Soviet states

The jubilant scenes on Cairo's Tahrir Square that greeted the fall of Hosni Mubarak have been likened to those that accompanied the toppling of communist regimes across eastern Europe in 1989. But in ... read more..

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The Kazakhstan election puzzle. Observers can't agree on why Nursultan Nazarbayev called early elections.

KIEV, Ukraine — Kazakhstan's hardline leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has called snap presidential elections in less than two months, leaving longtime political observers guessing at his motivation. ... read more..

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Kazakhstan opposition to boycott presidential polls

Kazakhstan's main opposition party Azat said Saturday it would boycott presidential polls to be held in April, which President Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to win comfortably. The Central Asi... read more..

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Suddenly, an early election. Kazakhstan's perennial president.

THE game seemed to be set. Kazakhstan's political machine was running in overdrive, and since late December viewers of state television had been bombarded with sound bites from well-known and obscure ... read more..

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BTA Bank Wins Court Bid to Block Ex-Chairman’s Conspiracy Claim

Mukhtar Ablyazov, ex-chairman of the bailed-out Kazakh lender BTA Bank JSC, can't use allegations of a presidential conspiracy to avoid bank claims he embezzled as much as $4 billion, a U.K. judge rul... read more..

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Kazakh presidential hopefuls need to pass spelling test

Kazakhstan's presidential hopefuls will have to pass a gruelling 90 minute spelling and grammar test, in a move that may dissuade challengers from running against the country's long-serving ruler. ... read more..

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Kazakhstan: Russia Worries that Customs Union Outpost is Smugglers’ Paradise

A line of 150 trucks waits to enter Kazakhstan. It takes so long to clear customs here that each rig usually only makes two round trips a month. And yet, contrary to appearances, documentary discrepan... read more..

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ANALYSIS - Energy riches, fear contain Central Asia dissent

Central Asia's authoritarian leaders, having crushed dissent during decades in power, are likely to use a mixture of oil and gas revenues, repression and cosmetic reforms to meet any threat of Egyptia... read more..

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Spelling Mistakes Nix Kazakh Candidacy

A Kazakh presidential hopeful has been disqualified from running in the April election because he made too many spelling mistakes in a language test, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports. Ualikhan Qai... read more..

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Kazakhstan: What is Nazarbayev’s Motive for Early Vote?

The date for Kazakhstan's snap presidential election has been set for April 3 after amendments to the constitution and electoral law were rushed through parliament. Incumbent leader Nursultan Naz... read more..

Events and opinions

Central Asia: Decay and Decline

Only a concerted effort from national governments, donors and the international community to modernise Central Asia's infrastructure can avert the region's decline into chaos. Asia Report N°2013 ... read more..

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Kazakhstan seeks Ablyazov’s extradition from the UK

Kazakhstan's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) said last week it had requested the extradition of fugitive banker Mukhtar Ablyazov from the UK. "We have sent a petition to the UK for the arrest o... read more..

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U.S. praises Kazakh leader for skipping referendum

The United States on Tuesday welcomed Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's decision to scrap a referendum which would have handed him a third decade in power by skipping elections. Last month ... read more..

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