Monthly Archive

December 2013

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 18 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

Dictators and their uses. The absence of democracy in Central Asia

  If democracy and the Central Asian states have proved to be mutually exclusive, there are two reasons: history and geography. Lee Kuan Yew in his The Singapore Story, recalling his country's e read more..

Events and opinions

Wife of Kazakh oligarch thanks Italy after travel ban dropped

  The wife of an exiled Kazakh oligarch accused of embezzling millions of dollars from his former bank thanked Italy yesterday for helping her to overturn a travel ban, months after she was expe read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh exile Rakhat Aliyev applies for Cypriot citizenship

  Rakhat Aliyev, the former son-in-law of Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbaev, has applied for citizenship in Cyprus, MaltaToday has learnt. The multi-millionaire exile has been living in M read more..

Events and opinions

Rome probing alleged Eni role in Kazakh deportation scandal. Italian energy giant suspected of misusing influence

  Rome prosecutors on Monday said they were investigating an alleged role played by Italian energy company Eni in the expulsion of the wife and daughter of Kazakh oligarch and political dissiden read more..

Events and opinions

Ukraine: On the Edge of Empires

  The name "Ukraine" literally translates as "on the edge." It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of another and more frequently divided. In the 1 read more..

Events and opinions

Clinton bails on $275k gig after org founder convicted of espionage

  Bill Clinton was paid an estimated $275,000 to speak at the glittering Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation gala in Vienna — but the ex-president pulled out hours before the event after read more..

Events and opinions

Eurasia Awaits Post-2014 Afghan Storm – Analysis

  The final withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan and Central Asia may result in an upsurge of narcotics trafficking, terrorism and other security challenges. So are the area's leading p read more..

Events and opinions

French prosecutor urges extradition of Kazakh tycoon

  A French public prosecutor recommended on Thursday that Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, accused of embezzling up to $6 billion from his former bank, be extradited to Ukraine or to Russia, wh read more..



We are glad to see Azerbaijan and the European Union moving closer to each other. Our cooperation is bearing fruit. Just look at the results of the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius and the sign read more..

Events and opinions

Ukrainian Unrest May Help Ex-BTA Chairman Fight Extradition Bid

  Political upheaval in Ukraine may help Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former fugitive banker at the center of a $6 billion fraud case, fight extradition to the eastern European country. A French c read more..

Events and opinions

Necessary Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the U.S. Interest

Participation in Interpol is in the U.S. national interest. However, Interpol's practice of allowing its members to transmit diffusions without systematic prior review by Interpol raises serious conce... read more..

Events and opinions

Ethnic diversity in Kazakhstan: flaw or advantage?

  Outside of Central Asia there is very little knowledge of Kazakhstan. Once you begin to explain, some will recognize it as the large darkish red tones that illustrated most geography classroom read more..

Events and opinions

Das Duo mit den Milliarden

  Der kasachische Präsident Nasarbajew und sein Geheimdienstchef Alijew waren Weggefährten. Jetzt sind sie Feinde und tragen ihren Konflikt bei uns in Europa aus – es geht um Mord, Geldwäsche un read more..


Kazakhstan: Corporate Retreat from LSE Raises Governance Questions

  When Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, rang the bell to open trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in late November 2006, he was symbolically ushering in a new era. Companies read more..

Events and opinions

China raises presence in Central Asia

  President Xi Jinping's latest, highly ambitious tour through the Central Asian republics in September took regional political circles by surprise, writes Baktybek Beshimov, a former Member of read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhs Say Ex-Oil Region Governor Caused $459 Million of Damage

  Kazakhstan's financial police said a former Atyrau regional governor, Bergei Ryskaliyev, and his associates committed crimes that caused 71 billion tenge ($459 million) in damages to the state read more..

Events and opinions

Rich Kazakhs Revive Polygamy as Young Women Flee Poverty

  Given the choice between love and money, Samal, a tall, curly-haired 23-year-old woman from a village in southern Kazakhstan, would take the cash. Struggling to pay rent and tuition on he read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan State visit postponed

  The State visit by His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, 03 December, has been postponed.   A new dat read more..

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