Monthly Archive

November 2019

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

Tajikistan’s massive Rogun hydropower dam: a blessing or a curse?

Tajikistan spent all the proceeds from its first ever eurobond on the giant Rogun hydropower dam. It is still consuming a quarter of the budget each year. Tajikistan, Central Asia's poorest natio read more..


Central Asia’s electricity network – underpowered and fragmented

Central Asia needs more 500kV loops in order to share power between the countries of the region. Central Asia’s power grid, set up by the Soviets in the 1980s, was conceived as a centralised netw read more..


BTA Bank AO : announces launch of criminal case against Ilyas Khrapunov

The Prosecutor's Office in Geneva is conducting a criminal case against Ilyas Khrapunov, son-in-law of BTA Bank's former owner. Khrapunov is suspected of laundering money stolen from BTA Bank.  read more..


Now FIVE big names cut ties with Prince Andrew:

Advertising Week Europe joins Standard Chartered in pulling backing for royal's main charity following 'car crash' interview - as FOUR universities consider ditching him Five multi-million pound read more..


As the Eurasian Union looks east, its deals do not benefit all members equally The EAEU is shopping for partners in Asia. Middle finger to the West or sound trade policy?

 The EAEU is shopping for partners in Asia. Middle finger to the West or sound trade policy? The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union has been on an expansion spree this year, signing a free read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan: Exiled regime nemesis splits sputtering opposition

The squabbling is good news for a regime that relentlessly tries to divide and conquer the opposition.  Mukhtar Ablyazov, the most avowed foe of Kazakhstan’s government, is no team player. read more..

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: The mothers that became the faces of dissent

Government critics argue that the ruling has transformed the protestors, three of whom are mothers of young children, into political martyrs.  Oksana Shevchuk was still breastfeeding when sh read more..


Belgium’s second Kazakhgate unfolds

Belgium again finds itself amidst a scandal that threatens to become “Kazakhgate-II”.  With the Le Soir publication “Belgium extends a helping hand to the Kazakh police”, the former managing read more..


Prince Andrew out in the cold: KPMG pulls £100,000-a-year sponsorship of Duke's Dragons' Den-style start up scheme as other leading business including Aon and AstraZeneca also review relationship

Leading businesses and charities are deserting Prince Andrew over the Epstein scandal as the future of his main charitable project he repeatedly mentioned in his BBC car crash interview is in jeopar read more..

Events and opinions

Sinophobia simmers across Central Asia

It is just a tiny grocery store in a decrepit, Khruschev-era five-story apartment block in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan – but it is flooded with shoppers, 24 hours a day. Located just off t read more..


Growth of popular unrest in Kazakhstan ‘met by throttling of internet freedom'

One of the more remarkable occurrences in Central Asian politics this year was the sight of thousands of Kazakhs taking to the streets to protest at the shoo-in, far from democratic election of long read more..

Events and opinions

Event | Africa’s experience with Chinese investors. Some parallels with Central Asia

Beijing needed testing grounds for risky investments. Poorly governed, resource-rich countries with exploding populations that are hungry for investment: Africa and Central Asia have much in comm read more..


Kazakhstan: Confidence low in government trust-building exercise

Over the past two decades, the president’s office has instituted at least six ad hoc commissions to defuse some kind of political impasse. The latest is not off to an auspicious start. When it be read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan: UN Review Should Press for Reforms

Allow Protests; Stop Persecuting Critics Governments should use an upcoming review of Kazakhstan’s rights record at the United Nations (UN) to hold the country’s new president to his pl read more..

Events and opinions

China ready to promote ties with Kazakhstan to new level: Premier Li

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Saturday that China stands ready to promote China-Kazakhstan relations to a new level. Li made the remarks during his meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Askar M read more..

Political process

Kazakhstan Remains Nazarbayev’s State

If it walks like a president, talks like a president, and has powers on par with a president… On October 8, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev criticized the development and design of Nur-Sul read more..


Tribunal Grants WWM US$50M for Claims Against Kazakhstan Under Soviet Treaty

World Wide Minerals Ltd. ("WWM") and Mr. Paul A. Carroll, QC, WWM's President and CEO, have been vindicated in an arbitral award, which held that the Republic of Kazakhstan breached international la read more..

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