Monthly Archive

November 2016

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 15 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

Will Turkey Join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Instead of the EU?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted by Hurriyet on Sunday as saying that “Turkey should first of all feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated” about joining it. He added, “Some may c... read more..


Kazakh President Says Partners in Shell Oil Field Face Tax Claim

Kazakhstan’s authorities are looking at whether the Karachaganak oil and gas venture, which includes Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA, has unpaid taxes. “The tax authorities have tax issues -- they ... read more..

Events and opinions

Eurasian Economic Union - reality or fiction?

Operating since 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union formed (EEU) over a relatively short period of time, and passed through all three stages of integration - from the customs union established in 2010 t... read more..

Events and opinions

Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?

A new banknote with Nazarbayev’s image and a possible eponymous renaming of Astana may signal a potential departure. Issued to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence from the Sov... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh President Nazarbayev Says Power Won’t Be Family Business

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said he won’t hand power to his children to succeed him, as the former Soviet Union’s longest-serving ruler delays democratic reforms amid the country’s worst eco... read more..

Events and opinions

Note to self: President Nazarbayev to appear on Kazakhstan banknote

Image of autocrat to feature on 10,000-tenge note that goes into circulation in time for holiday celebrating his leadership The veteran president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is to feature on... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Prominent Newspaper Editor Detained in State Order Probe

Kazakhstan’s anticorruption agency says it has detained the chief editor of the Central Asia Monitor newspaper and the executive director of news website on suspicion of fraud — another... read more..

Events and opinions

Central Asia Heartened By Trump's Russia-Friendly Views

Central Asia has looked at Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency and some of it likes what it sees. The rest seems unbothered. Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev fired off a note of c... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh beer tycoon jailed for 21 years on coup-plotting charges

A Kazakh businessman was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday on charges including plotting a coup against veteran President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Tokhtar Tuleshov, best known for running Shymke... read more..

Events and opinions

An Extraordinary Opportunity for President Nazarbayev

I am a friend of Kazakhstan: I have felt the warm embrace of its people visiting and living in the U.S., been enchanted by the beauty (and utter coolness!) of its culture, astonished by its history, read more..


Victims of Kazakh kleptocrats ask Cyprus to freeze stolen

A group of Kazakh exile dissidents said they have asked Cypriot authorities to freeze assets worth tens of millions of euro held by the widow of the former son-in law of Kazakhstan’s ruler Nursultan N... read more..


Kazakhstan seeking Aliyev’s hidden millions in Cyprus

Kazakh government officials have requested that a bank account in Cyprus – storing millions of dollars generated from alleged criminal activities by ex-Kazakhstan official Rakhat Aliyev – be frozen wi... read more..

Events and opinions

Dear Donald Trump: This Is What A Rigged Election Looks Like

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Republican Party nominee Donald Trump has consistently claimed the U.S. election will be rigged. Trump has said he will accept the outcome of the vote on Nov. 8 if he win... read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan: ‘Bigger than one person’

Amid talk over the leadership, the country has to solve fundamental problems Early one Sunday morning in June, a group of young men seized rifles from two gun shops in Aktobe, a city in the stepp read more..


Swiss Court Re-Opens Investigation Into Kazakh Spying Case

A Swiss court has ordered the re-opening of an investigation concerning alleged Kazakh government-backed illegal surveillance of a political exile based in the Lake Geneva area. The Federal Crimi read more..

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