Monthly Archive

November 2017

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 21 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.

China's Belt and Road sparks battle of the breadbaskets

New infrastructure helps ex-Soviet grain exporters reach Asian markets China's regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade. The shift in the landscap... read more..


Leaks Unveil Kazakh Officials with Offshore Links

The Paradise Papers leak shows that Sauat Mynbayev, a key in Kazakhstan’s energy sector, could have conspired to hide millions in offshore havens.  The International Consortium of Investigativ... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Mystery Luxury Paris Apartment Buyers Eludes Investigators

Even after a week of inquiries, investigators in Kazakhstan appear to be no closer to discovering the identity of the buyer of a 65 million euro ($76.5 million) apartment in Paris. Real estate insider... read more..


How today’s despots and kleptocrats hide their stolen wealth

On Oct. 27, the vice president and heir apparent to the tiny oil-rich West African state of Equatorial Guinea was convicted in a Paris court of money laundering and embezzlement. At stake is Vice P... read more..


Trump Made Millions of Dollars From Drug Money Laundering in Panama: Report

President Donald Trump made tens of millions of dollars in profits by allowing Colombian drug cartels and other groups to launder money through a Trump-affiliated hotel in Panama, according to a new i... read more..


Fuel Crisis Hits Kazakhstan Hard

Despite being the second-largest oil producer and exporter in the former Soviet Union, only behind Russia, Kazakhstan has been historically plagued by chronic deficits of fuel for domestic consumption... read more..


Civil suit becomes Kazakh soap opera with Trump ties

The interests of a wealthy Kazakh fugitive, a company tied to disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and the Trump Organization all intersected here Friday in unusual court proceedings. The courtro... read more..

Events and opinions

Geopolitical ambitions of Turkey in Central Asia

When talking about external threats to the Eurasian economic Union, often focuses on the geopolitical aspirations of the United States, NATO and other Western integration projects, as well as on the i... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Prosecutors Hunt Mystery Millionaire Offical

Kazakhstan is abuzz with this week’s supposed revelations about how a government official bought an apartment in Paris for a whopping 65 million euros ($76.5 million). After initially scoffing at the ... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Editor's Parole Release Ordered in Surprise Ruling

A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the release on parole of a prominent journalist who was sentenced last October to serve six years in prison on fraud charges. Lawyers filing the parole appeal for ... read more..

Political process

Moscow Losing Its Leverage in Kazakhstan as Astana Loses Influence Over Nationalists

Russia is rapidly losing its traditional leverage in Kazakhstan. Not only is demographic change swiftly reducing the share of ethnic Russians in the population, but the government in Astana is promoti... read more..

Events and opinions

Pride and Kazakh-Kyrgyz Rift

Meanwhile, “cautious optimism” about Uzbekistan and a quick lesson on Soviet history in the region; weekend reading.  Links for your weekend reading: Kyrgyz-Kazakh Rift: This week the Kyrgyz ... read more..


U.S. Charges Rolls-Royce Employees With Bribing Kazakh, Azerbaijani Officials

The United States has unveiled criminal charges against five people accused of involvement in a bribery scheme to help British defense giant Rolls-Royce win energy-related contracts in Kazakhstan, Aze... read more..


Former Kazakhstan uranium czar blames imprisonment on sale of Clinton-linked Canadian company to Russians

Mukhtar Dzakishev suspects he was jailed because of his opposition to the Russian takeover of a Toronto-based uranium company with connections to Bill Clinton  Languishing in a “harsh” Kazakhs... read more..


Another Belgian Negligence: The Case of Botagoz Jardemalie

Although there is an international arrest warrant issued on her name, Botagoz Jardemalie, a Kazakhstani national and the right hand of Mukhtar Ablyazov, had a company in Brussels, Belgium, and repeate... read more..

Events and opinions

What the Saudi Shake up Means for China

The success or failure of Saudi Arabia’s reform campaign will have huge ramifications for China. Saudi Arabia had a busy weekend. On Saturday, November 4, dozens of princes, billionaires, ministers... read more..


The Sudden Epiphany of Kazakhstan’s Ex-Oil Minister

When reporters asked if Sauat Mynbayev co-owns a company that made millions from gas and oil deals with Kazakhstan while he was the country’s oil minister, there was a one sentence reply. Credit: S... read more..


Former Rolls-Royce Managers Plead Guilty to U.S. Bribery Charges

Two former Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc executives pleaded guilty to U.S. charges that they orchestrated international bribes at the engine maker for more than a decade. The cases, also involving three... read more..


Mukhtar Ablyazov agrees Belgian citizenship deal

Mukhtar Ablyazov, the fugitive Kazakh billionaire wanted on corruption charges in several European countries, has agreed a deal for Belgian citizenship and immunity as the legal net tightens around hi... read more..

Events and opinions

Russia’s Virtual Reality

Russian policy based on its misreading of the West, and especially on its misunderstanding of its own neighbors, can only frustrate. The continued downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations during t... read more..

Events and opinions

Diplomatic row in Central Asia hurting Russia and Europe

An escalating diplomatic and trade dispute between Kazakhstan and its smaller central Asian neighbour Kyrgyzstan is hurting companies as far away as London, and pressure is growing on Russia to step i... read more..

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