Monthly Archive

June 2018

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

Malaysian police to question Najib and wife after seizing up to $275 million from homes

Malaysian police said on Wednesday they would soon question former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife after finding nearly $275 million (208.29 million pounds) worth of jewellery, handbags, watch... read more..


The winding money trail from Kazakhstan to Trump SoHo

A collaborative investigation has found the specific offshore companies used to route into a Trump-branded property more than $3 million linked to a massive fraud case in Kazakhstan. The discovery ... read more..

Events and opinions

Analysis: Why All The Worry In Kazakhstan?

Any Kazakh official with a microphone in front of them would say President Nursultan Nazarbaev enjoys widespread popularity. They are not wrong. Most Kazakhs appear to support the first and only pr... read more..


Steppe to Soho: How Millions Linked to Kazakhstan Mega-Fraud Case Ended up in Trump Property

For years, journalists — and reportedly even federal investigators — have pored over U.S. President Donald Trump’s business deals for signs that criminals and their dirty money may have entered his or... read more..

Events and opinions

Kyrgyz Court OKs Extradition Of Kazakh Activist Despite 'Risk Of Torture'

A court in Kyrgyzstan has upheld a decision to extradite a Kazakh opposition activist to his homeland despite concerns by human rights activists that he could face torture and ill-treatment if returne... read more..

Events and opinions

Even the Ghost of a Possible Protest Spooks Kazakhstan

Dozens of people were detained across Kazakhstan on June 23 as Astana sought to abort a planned protest called for by the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), an opposition party banned as an extrem... read more..


Kazakhstan: Presidential daughter getting Panama-ed at a tricky time

The president urged businesspeople to repatriate offshore funds, but his relatives seem to be disregarding the call. Not for the first time, Kazakhstan’s ruling family has cropped up in reporting o... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh police detain dozens at anti-government rally

Police in Kazakhstan detained dozens of people at an anti-government rally on Saturday organised by an exiled opponent of the veteran president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former tyc... read more..


You're spoiling us, Mr Ambassador!

As former grand slam champ Boris Becker finds himself embroiled in a diplomatic dispute, we give you a who's who of the criminal and corrupt abusing ambassadorial powers to evade the law. Last week... read more..


Malaysia's Najib explains why he had so many luxury handbags, lots of cash, jewellery

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak says he shouldn't be blamed for the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, and declares he knows nothing about money from the state fund appearing in his person... read more..

Events and opinions

Revealed: Top Tory Helps Dictator Create Tax-Haven for Dirty Russian Money

Francis Maude MP is advising Kazakhstan on how to create a financial "free zone", which is likely to handle big money from Russian oligarchs. Francis Maude, a former Tory Trade Minister (until 2016... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan at SCO Summit Calls for Expediting Beijing-Berlin High-Speed Rail

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized on Sunday at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit the need to push international connection projects such as the Beijing-Berlin high-spee... read more..

Events and opinions

Transformation of principles or Expert-Shopping, Ak Orda-Style

Martha Brill Olcott is one of the most famous experts on Kazakhstan. She is the author of two books on Kazakhstan (The Kazakhs, published in 1987, and Kazakhstan: The Unfulfilled Promise (2002). ... read more..

Political process

Will An Ascendant Uzbekistan Challenge Kazakhstan’s Leadership In Central Asia? – Analysis

President Donald Trump met with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on 16 May, an important breakthrough after the isolationism of the Karimov regime. What is noteworthy about the meeting is... read more..

Events and opinions

KAZAKHSTAN: Restrictive legal amendments reach Senate

Wide-ranging amendments to Kazakhstan's Religion Law and 11 other laws that seem set to increase still further the already tight restrictions on freedom of religion or belief begin consideration in Pa... read more..

Political process

The unsavoury alliance between oligarchs and London’s top lawyers

It’s a grubby business but these companies have no qualms about picking up the fat fees If I were to describe secretive organisations that make millions from mafia states, you would imagine – wh... read more..


Malaysia Asks $8.3 Billion Question on 1MDB. Here's What We Know

Najib Razak at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters on May 24. Photographer: Joshua Paul/BloombergMalaysia’s new government has wasted no time training its sights on 1MDB, the scandal... read more..

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