Monthly Archive

March 2017

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 14 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

Russia scandal? Inside the Obama-Clinton uranium deal. Hillary OK'd sale as cash flowed to foundation, Bill's pockets

Tens of millions of dollars from uranium investors flowed into the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank tied to the Kremlin before Secretary of Sta... read more..


Belgian authorities probe Kazakh paymasters in Nicholas Sarkozy's helicopter deal

Belgian Federal Parliament to examine events which "shame the country, democracy and justice". A drama is being played out in the unlikely setting of a Brussels parliamentary committee room that co... read more..


Central Asia Corruption: High-Brow Racketeers Society in Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan, two former prime ministers are serving jail terms now, and shadows are packing on top of dozens of other members of the upper circle and hundreds within slightly lower echelons. A clea... read more..

Political process

Brothers Again: Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana. A few weeks after making his first foray abroad — a two-day trip to Turkmenistan — Uzbek President Sh... read more..


Akezhan Kazhegeldin: "The people themselves are still the source of power in Kazakhstan. Although they don't always remember that."

Ermurat Bapi interviews Akezhan Kazhegeldin. Q. In a recent interview in Novaya Gazeta Kazakhstan, you commented disparagingly on the last constitutional reform. By contrast, the Kazakh mass media ... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan announces $7.5 bln bailout of top lender Kazkommertsbank

Kazakhstan's state-run "bad bank" will buy 2.4 trillion tenge ($7.5 billion) of bad loans from Kazkommertsbank, the country's biggest lender by assets, paving the way for a takeover by its closest riv... read more..


Kazakhgate: Chodiev tuyautait la Sûreté de l’État belge

L’homme d’affaires kazakh donnait des infos aux agents belges et demandait des faveurs en retour. L’homme d’affaires belgo-kazakh Patokh Chodiev, par lequel le scandale du Kazakhgate est arrivé, ét... read more..


Kazakhstan risks backlash over labor crackdown

Kazakhstan is facing the growing prospect of an international backlash over a crackdown on labor unions that has curtailed workers' rights and increased the likelihood of social unrest and political d... read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan: Constitution Reforms to Be Reviewed in Parliament

Following the formal end of national discussions in Kazakhstan on constitutional reforms intended, if only on paper, to rebalance authority away from the president toward the executive and the legisla... read more..


Swiss Probe Lombard Odier in Uzbek Money Laundering Case

Swiss prosecutors announced Thursday that they are investigating whether private bank Lombard Odier failed to prevent the daughter of former Uzbek president Islam Karimov from laundering money. Loc... read more..

Events and opinions

The BOTA Foundation Revisited -- Part Two: BOTA – A Quick Recap

The agreement to start the Foundation emerged in 2007 after more than two years of discussion between the Governments of the United States, Switzerland and Kazakhstan (known as “the Parties”) about th... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan's Anti-Corruption Drive Turns Against Opposition

Kazakhstan’s renewed efforts against corruption might mask a strategy aimed to silence opposition figures and activists. Last month, we covered the arrest of Kazakhstan’s former Minister of Economy K... read more..

Events and opinions

Aisultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan Soccer’s Savior?

Kazakhstan’s Football Federation has a new vice president with a familiar sounding surname — Aisultan Nazarbayev. With this appointment, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson has finally achieved... read more..


Billionaire Suing Four US Residents in London Was the ‘Victim of a Political Campaign’

A wealthy British businessman who is feuding with the state of Kazakhstan over hundreds of millions of dollars of disputed assets claims the Kazakh secret police put him and his brother under “extreme... read more..

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