Monthly Archive

April 2015

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Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: a vote for the status quo

Two Central Asian leaders recently secured comprehensive victories in presidential elections, cementing them in power until the end of the decade. But with the falling price of oil and a regional econ... read more..

Events and opinions

Austrian murder trial of Kazakhs takes new twist

The tragic saga of the late former son-in-law of Kazakhstan's all-powerful president took a further twist Tuesday as two of the dead man's associates on trial for murder in Austria were released from ... read more..


Kyrgyzstan Delays Joining the Eurasian Economic Union. Kyrgyzstan doesn't seem as excited as it once was about joining the Russian-led union.

Kyrgyzstan, which was scheduled to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on May 1, has delayed full accession until the end of the month. This delay is another in an impressive history of delays that... read more..

Events and opinions

Aliyev case: Co-accused released from pre-trial custody over dubious testimony

Two Kazakhs who were co-accused along with Rakhat Aliyev over the murder of two bankers in 2007 have been released from pre-trial detention after an Austrian judge found inconsistencies and contradict... read more..

Events and opinions

Alijew-Prozess: Berufsrichter sehen keinen Tatverdacht mehr

Die beiden Angeklagten im Mordverfahren um den Tod zweier kasachischer Bankmanager wurden vom vorsitzenden Richter überraschend enthaftet. Wien – Einen Knalleffekt brachte am Mittwoch der Alijew-... read more..

Events and opinions

NYT's Becker: Clinton Gave Kazakh Pres 'Propaganda Coup' Before Donor Got Uranium Deal

New York Times reporter Jo Becker said that after Bill Clinton gave Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev a "propaganda coup," businessman Frank Giustra got a large uranium concession in the cou... read more..

Events and opinions

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

A Uranium One sign that points to a 35,000-acre ranch owned by John Christensen, near the town of Gillette, Wyo. Uranium One has the mining rights to Mr. Christensen's property. Credit Matthew Staver ... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan Fears Ukraine-Inspired Uprising by Large Russian Minority

As oil-rich Kazakhstan votes for a president Sunday, the governing elite is pounding home a mantra of stability as fears percolate about the country's massive Russian minority taking inspiration from ... read more..

Political process

How Putin’s Russia Gained Control of a U.S. Uranium Mine

Since 2013, the nuclear energy arm of the Russian state has controlled 20 percent of America's uranium production capacity. Rosatom's acquisition of Toronto-based miner Uranium One Inc. made the ... read more..

Events and opinions

Mitt Romney says Clinton Foundation's link to uranium deal 'looks like bribery'

Mitt Romney held nothing back when he was asked about a recent wave of allegations that hit Hillary Clinton's family foundation on Thursday. In an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, Romney said o... read more..

Events and opinions

The irreplaceables in Central Asia

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the authorities don't even have to stuff the ballot boxes, their presidents have done everything they can to appear irreplaceable. In post-Soviet Central Asia, presiden... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan election avoids question of Nazarbayev successor

The 74-year-old president is set to be reinstated by his loyal followers on Sunday, but the failure to consider a successor is making the outside world nervous. From nervous students to frail war... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev's re-election and beyond

Interesting Facts about KazakhstanThe EU's keen interest in Kazakhstan's upcoming presidential elections on 26 April is due to a number of reasons – the engagement of two parties, resulting in the con... read more..


Blair has used his political nous to pocket millions

On January 26, 2009, Tony Blair arrived in the Gulf state of Kuwait in his capacity as representative of the "Quartet", for talks with the Emir, Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on the Palestine ques... read more..

Events and opinions

Two men accused in Kazakh banker murders go on trial in Vienna

The trial of two Kazakh men charged in connection with the abductions and deaths of two bankers in Kazakhstan has begun in a Vienna court. The main suspect died of apparent suicide in a Vienna prison ... read more..

Events and opinions

Why Is Central Asia Excited About the Iran Deal? Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in particular are keen to see progress in the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1.

Central Asia's leaders are excited by the progress in negotiations between Iran and the P5+1. Hemmed in by sanctions-hit Russia to the north, an energy-hungry but distant China to the east, war-torn A... read more..


Kazakh pair in Austria trial after Aliyev jail death

Two Kazakhs are due to appear in court in Austria in one of the country's most unusual murder trials. The men, who include a former intelligence chief, are accused of aiding the abduction and mur... read more..

Events and opinions

What Is the US Policy for Central Asia? A senior State Department official outlines Washington's current policy for the region.

The United States is often – and often fairly – maligned for a distinct lack of strategy in its relations with Central Asia. Tacked on to Chinese or Afghanistan policy, bogged in securitization or sti... read more..

Events and opinions

The Hunted. Uzbekistan's president has jailed, tortured, and murdered his opponents at home. Now, he's hiring hit men to track down and kill dissidents abroad.

 A cold drizzle fell on Istanbul on the morning of Dec. 10, 2014, as Abdullah Bukhari made his way to teach his students at a madrasa nestled amid apartment blocks and hardware stores in the Zeyt read more..

Events and opinions

No choice. Democracy in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is a managed affair, without clear rules of succession

Ever since communist bosses morphed into democrats after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, they have polished a veneer of democracy. It means staging elections from time to time. It does not mean ... read more..

Events and opinions

Welcome to Karimovstan

Uzbekistan, a Central Asian state of 30 million people with vast natural resources, has recently witnessed two major back-to-back events – the Navruz holiday and the 4th presidential elections since t... read more..

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