Monthly Archive

December 2017

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 17 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

Kazakh Journalism Badly Hit By Media Law Amendments

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the press law amendments that President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into lawyesterday because they deal a new series of blows to media freedom in Kazakhst... read more..


Court in California granted Ilyas Khrapunov’s motion to dismiss lawsuit of Kazakhstan against him

A federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit brought by Kazakhstan against two exiled citizens who supposedly hacked officials’ emails and published them in a critical newspaper, the US media rep... read more..

Events and opinions

Briton criticised over sculpture of 'terrible' Uzbek dictator Karimov

Paul Day says ‘I go with the flow’ as critics ask if artist’s monument in Moscow square will reflect reality of Karimov’s bloody rule The late president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, was widely reg... read more..


Kazakhstan held liable for expropriation of Hourani family’s investment on second round of ICSID arbitration

A majority tribunal at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) awarded Caratube International Oil Company LLP (Caratube) USD 39.2 million plus interest for the unlawful ... read more..

Events and opinions

America, EU, Japan: Time to Reunite Afghanistan with Central Asia

Neither the five formerly Soviet states of Central Asia nor Afghanistan is happy with the current setup, and with good reason. With respect to Afghanistan, the United States, Europe, Japan, South K... read more..

Events and opinions

In Kazakhstan’s Battle for Cable TV, Russia Stands its Ground

Despite Astana’s efforts to restrict its presence, foreign content continues to dominate Kazakhstan’s airwaves. Retransmission of Russian TV channels in Kazakhstan is set to continue despite govern... read more..


The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of the super-rich, including Queen Elizabeth II. A consortium of investigative journalists in early Novembe... read more..


Was Trump SoHo Used to Hide Part of a Kazakh Bank’s Missing Billions?

Court cases playing out on two continents may reveal whether the bank’s former chairman funneled money into three condos in the Manhattan luxury tower. For eight years, Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank has wa... read more..

Events and opinions

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Kazakhstani forces practice tactical drills on December 7, 2017. The country recently unveiled a new military doctrine that some experts say responds to Moscow's hybrid warfare tactics. Without muc... read more..

Events and opinions

Nazarbayev Rants Against Offshore Holdings

The Kazakh president complained on national television of companies squirreling their money away abroad.  On December 6, during an appearance on a nationally broadcasted teleconference detaili... read more..



"One question – one answer" – Akezhan Kazhegeldin's information project Social networks have made politicians accessible to journalists, who can now ask them directly the questions that Kazakh soci read more..

Events and opinions

Judicial probe widens to French secret services' role in 'Kazakhgate' deal

The financial crime branch of France's public prosecution services has widened the remit of a judicial investigation into suspected corruption in a sale of French helicopters to Kazakhstan to include ... read more..

Events and opinions

Flight delayed: China’s own ‘Air Force One’ yet to carry Xi

While a new Boeing 747-8i has still not been provided the Chinese president, he is still flying in an old plane that is not luxurious or secure enough The continued use of the aging state aircraft ... read more..


Kazakhstan: President Demands Return of Offshore Funds

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has threatened companies stashing money abroad with ominous consequences unless they repatriate their funds, media reported. The president’s latest sally... read more..


Fears that 'dirty money' paid for Uzbek dictator's daughter's £17m Mayfair and Belgravia homes

The boyfriend of a corrupt Uzbek pop singer, socialite and former UN ambassador bought luxury properties in London worth more than £17 million using shell companies, The Telegraph can disclose, raisin... read more..


The secret Kazakh bung worrying Airbus

A French judicial investigation into suspected corruption surrounding the sale to Kazakhstan of satellites made by aerospace giant EADS, now renamed Airbus Group, has discovered the trace of a mysteri... read more..

Events and opinions

Northern Kazakhstan might become next target of Putin’s aggression - blogger

Given that Vladimir Putin very much hopes to get a new political boost like the one he received following the Crimean Anschluss, there is “a high degree of probability” that he will seek to incorporat... read more..

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