Monthly Archive

February 2019

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 18 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.

Michael Cohen Was Also Paid by Kazakh Bank for Consulting After Election

Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank JSC paid Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen to help recover stolen money allegedly laundered in the U.S. and has spoken with American prosecutors probing Cohen’s activi... read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan Draws Closer to Presidential Succession

Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev will turn 79 in July, and talk of an impending succession has significantly intensified since the end of last year. Numerous local experts noted the harsh cr... read more..

Special projects

Kazakh leader orders $3.6 bln pre-election oil fund drawdown

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his government on Wednesday to tap the country's rainy-day fund for $3.6 billion in order to boost public sector salaries and social aid payouts and devel... read more..


Kazakhstan Appoints a New-Old Government

After the abrupt firing of the Kazakh government last week, a new cabinet was immediately approved. At the end of January, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev called the whole government read more..


“Dariga’s million-dollar Austrian accounts” – Eurasia Democracy Initiative releases report on Dariga Nazarbayeva’s financial shenanigans

    In the three years since the death of President Nazarbayev’s former son-in-law Rakhat Aliyev, investigators and researchers have tried to piece together the schemes that allowed him to read more..

Events and opinions

‘Show Me That My Father Is Alive.’ China Faces Torrent of Online Pleas.

Murat Harri Uyghur, a doctor in Finland, is helping to compile testimonies from other Uighurs in exile about loved ones who may be in Chinese internment camps. Many members of the Uighur ethnic gro... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev scrambling to be seen acting on growing inequality

The strongman can keep firing ministers, but analysts feel he’s avoiding Kazakhstan’s bedrock economic problems. The problem seems to be a lack of vision (David Trilling)The problem seems to be a l... read more..


Picassos, a glass piano and missing billions: scandal of 1MDB reaches court

On Tuesday the former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak will go on trial for his alleged role in the 1MDB saga It is known as the “largest kleptocracy case in the world”, a tangled tale of Holly... read more..


Kazakhstan and its pungent oil: A curse and a blessing

Kazakhstan has lots of oil, but it’s hard to reach and doesn’t fetch the best prices. We explain. It was a hot July morning in 2000 when a helicopter carrying Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazar... read more..

Events and opinions

Finding Kazakhstan’s Troll Farms

Nurbots fill comment sections across the Kazakh internet. They may not be convincing but they pollute online discourse. The topic of Russian interference in the American online space is widely disc... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh activists keep battling as Xinjiang crackdown evolves

Theyve taken him again, said Munai Taskairat kyzy, sobbing over the phone. Last year had closed on such a hopeful note. It looked as though Chinese authorities might be gently easing their campaign... read more..

Events and opinions

Controversial think-tank #ODF in Brussels move

Despite being banned from the EU, Lyudmila Kozlovska (pictured), president of the Open Dialogue Foundation, has relocated her HQ to Brussels, writes James Hipwell. The controversial human-rights ac... read more..


Kazakhstan: President says he is going nowhere

Keep calm and carry on is the message to those speculating again about his possible imminent resignation. “Come on, calm down and let’s work normally.” Those were the closing words of a February 5... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh Judge Fired After Opposition Activist's Acquittal

The chief judge of a court in western Kazakhstan has been fired after his court acquitted an opposition activist in a high-profile case. The Manghystau regional court said on February 11 that Malik... read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhs Ridicule ‘Self-Made Man’ Puff Portrait of Presidential Grandson

  Facebook users in Kazakhstan are mocking an apparent PR piece that first appeared on the website The piece focusses on the achievements of “self-made man” Nurali Aliyev, the 32-y read more..


Japan, not China, may be winning Asia's infrastructure investment contest

Before China began courting Southeast Asia with infrastructure investments through its Belt and Road Initiative, Japan was the region's top development financier. As the two powerhouses now compete... read more..

Events and opinions

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

  Turkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority. Abdurehim Heyit is thought to have been serving read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan: Court clears woman charged of incitement to revolt

Akberdi’s husband was jailed for three years on similar charges. A court in western Kazakhstan on February 6 acquitted a local resident who was being tried for calling for the violent overthrow of ... read more..

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