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.
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 elections “without a choice.”
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.
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 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.
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, and in particular questions as to the true nature of the relationship with Ablyazov himself, writes Gary Cartwright.
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.
For 30 years, the dictatorial clan has been doing nothing but enriching itself.
The Kazakh government is preparing to back President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's campaign ahead of the June 9 snap election, three sources told Reuters.
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 restricted freedom sentences. A further 12 are under post-jailing bans on specific activity. A further 29 who have completed sentences still have their bank accounts blocked.
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