Monthly Archive

April 2018

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 20 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.

Brother of Kazakhstan’s president sells Plaza Hotel condo

The 18th-floor unit has a storied history of lawsuits that broke apart a leading Kazakh family Bolat Nazarbayev, the brother of Kazakhstan’s authoritarian leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, sold his four... read more..

Special projects

Kazakhstan’s government squelches the least hint of dissent

To the untrained eye, the activity looked innocent enough. Patriotic Kazakhs marked a public holiday in March by displaying balloons of the same turquoise colour as the national flag. The hitch was... read more..


Trump associate received at least $21M in alleged oligarch scheme

A businessman whose name has resurfaced in the Trump-Russia investigation once received more than $21 million connected to an alleged money laundering scheme involving Kazakh oligarchs, according to c... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhastan May Allow U.S. To Use Its Ports To Deliver Military supplies to Afghanistan

On April 19, Kazakhstan’s Senate ratified the agreement allowing the US to use its ports of Aktau and Kuryk on the East coast of the Caspian Sea to transit military supplies to Afghanistan, the Russia... read more..


Trump associate received at least $21M in alleged oligarch scheme

A businessman whose name has resurfaced in the Trump-Russia investigation once received more than $21 million connected to an alleged money laundering scheme involving Kazakh oligarchs, according to c... read more..


Kazakh president’s brother takes nearly $4M loss on Plaza Hotel condo

A Plaza Hotel condo owned by the brother of Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev has sold at a loss to a mystery buyer for $14 million, according to city property records. Bolat Nazarbayev bought t... read more..

Events and opinions

The End of the Democratic Century. Autocracy's Global Ascendance

At the height of World War II, Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, argued that the United States had amassed such wealth and power that the twentieth century would come to be known simply as “th... read more..


Improving our anti-money laundering operations will help prevent great-power war

Interest is growing in illicit finance because great-power competition is playing out in boardrooms, stock markets, trade wars, and compliance departments. The US anti-money laundering (AML) regime... read more..


What’s in it for the Belt-and-Road countries?

How might the states of Central Asia and the Caucasus benefit from China’s grand new investment initiative? IN THE days when the Silk Road linked China to Europe, merchants would crisscross Eurasia... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan Urged To Halt Criminal Proceedings Against Pregnant Woman Accused Of Funding Nazarbaev Foe

Amnesty International has called on authorities in Kazakhstan to halt criminal proceedings against a pregnant woman accused of giving financial backing to an opposition political movement. The Lond... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan's Elderly Opposition Tries Something New

Behind the mecenatismo of a former prime minister, Kazakhstan’s opposition figures find a new platform in Brussels. A diverse team of opposition figures, human rights defenders, and artists from Ka... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan adopts Hollywood glamor to energize cinema industry

The impetus to keep hammering away at the international film market has come from President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Mondays are not normally a busy day for cinemas, but at least one screen at the K read more..


Here are the oligarchs connected to Trump and his campaign

President Trump says he surrounds himself with the best people, though the cast of characters around him and his campaign has also included a very particular subset, post-Soviet oligarchs. Special ... read more..


The unsolved mystery of who owns Sherlock Holmes’s original £130 million home

So reads the blue plaque on this pretty Georgian terraced house, home to London’s Sherlock Holmes Museum. In a city of storied buildings, the home of the fictional detective is as famous as they come.... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan threatens to block Telegram

Authorities want the app makers to delete all content by government foe Mukhtar Ablyazov. Kazakhstan has warned it will block the popular Telegram messaging app unless the company agrees to delete ... read more..

Events and opinions

Where Is Googoosha, the Missing Uzbek First Daughter?

Every five to 10 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, a fresh group of Uzbek pilgrims troops into the tomb of their late president, the dictator Islam Karimov, to pay homage at his white ... read more..

Events and opinions

Former Finance Minister Kakimzhanov Makes German Investor Disappointed in Kazakhstan

Gunter Papenburg sent a letter to Zhakip Asanov, the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan, requesting him to gain insight on dismissing former minister's case Gunter PAPENBURG, a multi-millionaire from... read more..


Switzerland conducts investigation against former Almaty (Kazakhstan) mayor and family

The Geneva Prosecutor’s Office is conducting its own investigation against Viktor Khrapunov, his wife Leila Khrapunova and stepson Ilyas Khrapunov, reports. The criminal case is now at the st... read more..

Political process

Russia’s Unhappy Energy Marriage with China

With all the quiet chaos beneath the surface in Moscow, Beijing seems poised to benefit. As Putin has become the longest-serving Russian leader since Stalin, the country’s economic and political st... read more..

Events and opinions

British inquiry promises ‘no stone left unturned’ as it tackles tax avoidance and evasion

A British parliamentary subcommittee has opened an inquiry into tax avoidance and evasion in the wake of Paradise Papers revelations. “After the Paradise Papers, it is clear that this issue hasn’t ... read more..

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