Monthly Archive

April 2019

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 26 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Government cracks down on supporters of the constitution

Authorities in Kazakhstan are cracking down on citizens holding public demonstrations in support of the constitution. After he hoisted a banner reading "The sole source of state power is the peop read more..

Political process

Kazakh Opposition Party Boycotts June 9 Presidential Elections

The Nationwide Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan announced on Friday that it would not field a candidate for snap presidential elections slated for June 9 because it did not want to legitimize e read more..


Kazakhs, foreign investors puzzled by power-sharing leaders

The new Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, flies a modest Airbus A321 jet. His predecessor and patron Nursultan Nazarbayev moves around on a much bigger wide-body Airbus A330-200. But even read more..

Events and opinions

On Human Rights in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has long set its sights on joining the world’s elite. Yet there’s a huge gap between their rhetoric and their deeds.  Until the government addresses its abject human rights record read more..

Political process

Kazakh Opposition Party Boycotts June 9 Presidential Elections

The Nationwide Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan announced on Friday that it would not field a candidate for snap presidential elections slated for June 9 because it did not want to legitimize e read more..


Open Dialogue Foundation activities harmful to EU interests: Deputy FM

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk commented on the investigation concerning the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and the Silk Road company, suspected of money laundering. “It read more..

Political process

Loyalist diplomat handpicked by Kazakh ruler for president

The career diplomat who is a shoo-in to become only the second president of ex-Soviet Kazakhstan since its independence has always appeared to prize loyalty over political ambition. Kassym-Jomart read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakh Ruling Party Nominates Toqaev For President

Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan party has nominated interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev for the presidency, virtually assuring his victory in a snap election scheduled for June 9. The announcemen read more..

Political process

Kazakh government prepares to back Tokayev campaign - sources

The Kazakh government is preparing to back President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's campaign ahead of the June 9 snap election, three sources told Reuters. Tokayev himself has not yet said whether he pl read more..


Apology to Akezhan Kazhegeldin

On 30 May, 2016, RNZ and TVNZ jointly On 30 May, 2016, RNZ and TVNZ jointly published an article headed "Panama Papers:The NZ-Kazakhstan connection". The article concerned Akezhan Kazhegeldin, th read more..


#OpenDialogFoundation implicated in money-laundering claims

The fake human rights NGO Open Dialog Foundation (ODF), closely associated with Kazakh fugitive Oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, has, in recent years, attracted much speculation over its financial affairs read more..

Political process

Tages Anzeiger: Nazarbayev’s Regime Will Fall

 For 30 years, the dictatorial clan has been doing nothing but enriching itself. "Mukhtar Ablyazov is the deadly enemy of Kazakhstan's still influential ex-president Nursultan Naza read more..


KAZAKHSTAN: 18 prisoners of conscience, 11 restricted freedom sentences

In addition to one Muslim on trial in Shymkent, 18 individuals are known to be currently jailed for exercising freedom of religion or belief. All are Sunni Muslim men. A further 11 are serving restr read more..


Kazakhstan: Nur-Sultan goes off the rails

The capital city is in desperate need of a congestion-busting solution. City hall in the capital of Kazakhstan has announced that a project to build a congestion-busting light railway transit system read more..

Political process

What is the Kazakh regime learning from citizen protests?

Recent events in Kazakhstan show the regime’s evolving response to discontent from below. On 4 February, a house fire in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, killed five sisters aged between o read more..

Political process

Vassilenko highlights importance of connectivity for sustainable development at High Level Conference on Central Asia

The Romanian Presidency held its High Level Conference to mark the adoption of the new EU Strategy for Central Asia – Connectivity for sustainable development at the Palace of the Parliament in read more..


The Rise of Regionalism in Central Asia?

Despite shared history, Central Asia has long lacked regional cohesion. That could be changing. Since his appointment in December 2016, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has focused on rekindlin read more..


Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Central Asia Is Reconnecting With Itself

Mapping newly created, resurrected, and proposed transport routes across Central Asia provides insight into regional connectivity drives. Much like the unhappy pair of travelers from the 1987 Ste read more..


Bouteflika, Bashir... will other strongmen fall?

Strongmen in the Middle East and North Africa will be eyeing warily popular protests, fed by frustration with living standards and an elite perceived as corrupt, that helped push veteran Algerian pres... read more..


Moshe Hogeg, Singulariteam partners sued for $50m

The complainant is Adam Perzow, who sold the domain to Singulariteam in 2014. The lawsuits filed against Singulariteam investment fund founder and chairperson Moshe Hogeg, owner of the read more..


Kazakhstan's BTA Bank alleges Felix Sater, others laundered more than $440 million

BTA Bank and the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, where its headquarters are located, have filed a class action suit against multiple parties and businessman Felix Sater over allegations of stealing and la... read more..


Turkmenistan starts work on nameless 'new city'

Ex-Soviet Turkmenistan's strongman leader broke ground on a new and presently nameless city close to the capital Ashgabat Wednesday. Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony, President Gurbanguly Berd... read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan’s big boss steps down – but in name only

Nazarbayev employs ‘resign-while-retaining-power’ strategy – a model Putin may use one day Тhe step-down by Nursultan Nazarbayev, the long-standing ruler of Kazakhstan took the world by surprise, b... read more..


Kazakhstan tries to slip from Xinjiang vice, gets ever more stuck

Campaigners drawing attention to the Xinjiang detentions say Nur-Sultan’s public relations campaign is two-faced.   Try as it might, Kazakhstan cannot shake its Xinjiang headache. On one han... read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan’s Daddy-Daughter Dictator Show

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the longtime leader of Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s richest country, has always had a rather particular sense of humor. Back in 1998 he moved the country’s capital from the cozy, s... read more..


What’s in a Name? Everything.

On March 19, 78 years old Nursultan Äbisjuly Nazarbayev unexpectedly announced his resignation as President of Kazakhstan, referring to the need for “a new generation of leaders”. STOCKHOLM / ROM read more..

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