IAC EURASIA ARCHIVE

September 2009

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Economy

Trans-caspian trepidations: How serious?

This summer’s dispute over undersea Caspian energy resources between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, as well as Ashgabat’s recently stated intention to bolster its maritime military capabilities, have se...

Events and opinions

President’s advisor to dot all i’s and cross all t’s about freedom of press in Kazakhstan at OSCE meeting in Warsaw

Kazakh President's political advisor Yermukhamet Yertysbayev plans to clarify all the issues about media freedom in Kazakhstan at Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, 28 September 2009 - ...

Economy

Kazakh paper offers bank own bonds for damages

A Kazakh opposition newspaper has offered to pay court-mandated damages to state-run bank BTA using BTA bonds on which the bank has defaulted, and also threatened to seek the lender's bankruptcy.   ...

Events and opinions

OSCE Raps Kazakhstan For Seizing Opposition Paper

Europe's main security and rights watchdog has criticized its future chairman Kazakhstan for seizing the print run of an opposition newspaper.     Kazakhstan, a Central Asian state that wil...

Political process

U.S. OSCE Official Says Dialogue Best Way To Spread Democracy

"It's a challenge. I mentioned it this morning in my opening statement. Other speakers alluded to it without actually mentioning it by name. There was a silent protest when the representative of Kazak

Political process

OSCE Mum On Kazakh President-For-Life Initiative

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Center in Kazakhstan has declined to comment on a legislative movement afoot to make Nursultan Nazarbaev the country's president-for-life...

Economy

Canada, Kazakhstan to cooperate on nuclear energy

Canada's Trade Minister Stockwell Day and Kazakhstan's Energy Minister Sauat Mynbaev jointly announced Thursday the conclusion of negotiations for a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement.   ...

Economy

Wealth Gap Widening in Kazakhstan

Despite its mineral-led economic boom, the Central Asian nation's development agenda is inchoate—leaving most of the benefits to cities like Astana and Almaty     This past February, the smal...

Events and opinions

Kazakh Bankers Get Back To Basics

Bernie and Sir Allen may need elaborate schemes to swindle people out of billions, but in the emerging markets, fraud tends to be a bit more direct. Take for example Kazakhstan.     While som...

Economy

Karachaganak consortium seeks to recover over $1 billion in paid oil export duty

Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO), a joint venture led by British BG Group and Italian Eni, is seeking to recover more than $1 billion in export taxes paid to Kazakhstan, Energy Minister Sauat My...

Economy

Kazakhstan, Ukraine are big trade finance risks - WTO

The danger of bank defaults in Kazakhstan and Ukraine poses a risk to trade finance markets, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Tuesday.       Trade finance liquidity has improved fo...

Extra

Genetic diversity and the emergence of ethnic groups in Central Asia.

Central Asia is located on the Silk Road, where numerous ethnic groups characterised by different languages and historical modes of subsistence co-exist. These include the Tajik populations, who sp...

Extra

Half a Ton of Uranium -- and a Long Flight

On a snowy day in December 1993, just months after Andy Weber began his diplomatic job at the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he met with a tall, bullet-headed man he knew only as Col. Korbator. (...

Economy

BTA submits restructuring plan to FSA

BTA Bank has reportedly submitted its restructuring plan to Kazakhstan’s Financial Supervision Agency (FSA) on Friday, the bank said without providing further details. The FSA confirmed the receipt of...

Economy

Central Asia’s biggest mall opens in Almaty

International retailers have been slow to come to Kazakhstan, but that is set to change with the opening of Central Asia’s largest mall in mid-September.   When completed, A’port, located in...

Political process

OSCE Urges Kazakhstan To Ensure Fair Trial For Activist

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has urged Kazakhstan to ensure a fair appeal trial for a human rights activist jailed in a case he has called politically motivated.   ...

Events and opinions

History not likely to vindicate Nazarbayev President of Kazakhstan

The progressive megalomania of Nursultan Nazarbayev, presiden of Kazakhstan, keeps having the people in our country dazed. The international community is amused by his desire to exalt his own "Me" aga...

Economy

Wealth Gap Widening in Kazakhstan

Despite its mineral-led economic boom, the Central Asian nation's development agenda is inchoate—leaving most of the benefits to cities like Astana and Almaty     This past February, the ...

Events and opinions

Lawmaker: Kazakhstan could have president-for-life

A top figure in Kazakhstan's dominant pro-government party said Monday that the constitution could be amended to allow President Nursultan Nazarbayev to remain in office for life.     The rem...

Extra

„NUR OTAN“ proposes to adopt a Law on Leader of Nation

„Nur Otan“ proposes to adopt the Constitutional Law on Leader of Nation with legal possibility that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev become the country's president-for-life is being publicized by...

Political process

Russia's next flash point

Russia's coercion of its neighbors is a looming flash point for Europe and the United States, and President-elect Barack Obama. Autocratic Russia is bent on exploiting weak neighbors and reversing per...

Extra

38 killed in Kazakhstan drug rehab centre fire

Thirty-eight people were killed Sunday when fire ripped through a drugs treatment facility in a city outside Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty, emergency officials said.     There was no infor...

Extra

BTA may recover $3.3 billion from provisions

"It will take years, because there are a number of legal procedures that have to be carried out. We are just at the beginning of this process..."   BTA Bank, which has recently increased its bad l

Extra

Kazakhstan's broken promise

Mr. Nazarbayev's Kazakhstan is a fundamentally undemocratic place.     If Nazarbayev believes any of what he said, then why doesn't he practice what he preaches? If Kazakhstan President Nurs...

Events and opinions

'Informal' Caspian Summit Opening In Kazakhstan, But Iran Not Invited

The leaders of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan are gathering in the Caspian coastal city of Aktau, Kazakhstan's main Caspian port.     They are coming for an "informal" Cas...

Extra

Zhovtis Case Turning into Test of Astana's OSCE Credibility

Domestic and international pressure on Kazakhstan appears to be building as the case of prominent human rights activist Yevgeniy Zhovtis, who was convicted earlier in September of vehicular manslaught...

Events and opinions

Dangerous driving

A car accident gives a reason to put an irritant behind bars     NEARLY two years ago, Kazakhstan was awarded the 2010 chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Euro...

Economy

Kazakhstan ready to sacrifice growth for stability

Kazakhstan, one of the early victims of the global crisis, is ready to sacrifice future growth rates in favour of stability and will likely keep tight state control over the economy as it recovers.  ...

Events and opinions

Kazakh leader asked to stay for life

The Kazakhstan presidency said on Thursday a resident of a provincial city had asked President Nursultan Nazarbayev to stay in his post for life   The Kazakhstan presidency said on Thursday a resi...

Political process

Press- release of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and the State Department today concluded a two-day discussion with a delegation of officials from Kazakhstan about the C...

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