Monthly Archive

March 2015

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

Kazakhstan: One Last Time for Nazarbayev. Kazakhstan's president will run one more time, but indicated that it's time for a change.

As expected, Nursultan Nazarbayev has been confirmed as the ruling party's candidate for the presidential elections that will be held next April in Kazakhstan. At the Nur Otan convention in Astana, Na... read more..

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Ex-adviser to Sarkozy charged with corruption over Kazakhstan deals

An ex-adviser to the French presidency was indicted on corruption charges linked to a trade agreement between Paris and Astana during Nicolas Sarkozy's term, a source close to the probe told AFP Thurs... read more..

Events and opinions

Russia Frustrated By Refusal Of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan To Cooperate On Security

Russia is disappointed in the unwillingness of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to cooperate with its collective security bloc, and considers Iran to be a model those countries could follow, a senior Russi... read more..

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Malaysian PM Najib to solemnise daughter's marriage to Kazakhstan President's nephew

The daughter of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will be getting married today, a spokesman for the leader's family for the engagement and wedding ceremonies said. &n... read more..

Events and opinions

How Billionaires in London Use Secret Luxury Homes to Hide Assets

On London's Billionaires Row in Hampstead, the seven-bedroom Carlton House with its 50-foot ballroom, underground swimming pool and 10-person Turkish bath is for sale for 14 million pounds ($21.5 mill... read more..

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Rakhat Aliyev: Claims of murder over death of rival to Kazakhstan's president in Austrian prison

Prison authorities discovered his corpse at 7.20 on a Tuesday morning late last month. Rakhat Aliyev's body was hanging from a noose made from gauze bandages which had been attached to a peg in the ce... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan Continues to Face Challenges in 2015. On both the economic and diplomatic fronts, the difficulties of 2014 have not gone away.

It's no secret that 2014 ended on a poor note for Kazakhstan. Sagging oil prices coupled with an economic crunch in Russia to hammer Astana's economy. Russian adventurism – and not-so-veiled threats a... read more..

Events and opinions

Ex-Soviet Republics Are Feeling Putin's Ruble Pain Now

A key element to President Vladimir Putin's vision of growing Russian influence in the world is his plan to lead the former Soviet republics into an economic union. Right now, though, what he's m... read more..

Events and opinions

Five ways to stay in power in Central Asia

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are both expected to re-elect their leaders this spring. Few will be surprised if Nursultan Nazarbayev keeps his job in Kazakhstan - though he's yet to announce he is running... read more..

Events and opinions

The Kazakh despot who bought Blair for £16million (and Cherie for £320k): How ex-PM sold himself to a 'virtual gangster' linked to torture, money laundering, bribery and murder

It's the damning new book that lifts the lid on Tony and Cherie Blair's lust for money. Yesterday, in our exclusive serialisation, we told how revelations about his relationship with a tycoon's wife p... read more..

Events and opinions

Bitter end for Kazakhstan's sugar czar

The ignominious end of Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakhstan's most feared man, heir apparent, sugar czar, fugitive. On the morning of February 24, the warden of Vienna's Josefstadt prison announced the suic... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan in the wake of the Ukraine crisis

I am in Astana, the gateway to southern Siberia. The temperature in the afternoon is around -10 degrees Celsius. All around us the ground is covered in ice, but Astana residents still say, "We've made... read more..

Events and opinions

Nurbank AO : Kazakh ex-diplomat Rakhat Aliyev's lawyers convinced his death was no suicide

The lawyers of former Kazakh diplomat and Malta exile Rakhat Aliyev are insisting that his death in an Austrian prison was no suicide, and are calling for an independent investigation into the matter.... read more..

Events and opinions

Millions painted in blood

A suicide in the prison of Vienna put an end to the first phase of a political-financial thriller which preoccupied the governments of Malta, Austria and the prosecuting authorities in Europe for year... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Early Presidential Vote Designed to Defuse Instability Fears?

Many Kazakhstanis, including ethnic minorities, support Nazarbayev's leadership. (Photo: Joanna Lillis). A billboard in the northern Kazakhstani city of Kostanay extols the virtues of the country... read more..

Events and opinions

China's challenge to Russian influence in Kazakhstan

On 14 December 2014, the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Astana for the 13th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The premier's visit signified a ... read more..

Events and opinions

Hitchin MP urged to confront Kazakh clients on human rights

An MP who is paid £15,000 a year to advise a repressive regime has been urged to confront it about human rights. Peter Lilley, the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is paid the sum for his advisory w... read more..

Events and opinions

Austria asks Swiss to do new autopsy on dead Kazakh dissident - paper

Austria has asked Switzerland to carry out an autopsy on Rakhat Aliyev, a Kazakh dissident found hanged in an Austrian prison last week, to dispel any suggestions of a cover up after a first post mort... read more..

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