IAC EURASIA ARCHIVE

February 2010

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Events and opinions

Alijew: 'Kasachen planen in Österreich weitere Aktionen'

Kasachstans Exbotschafter Rakhat Alijew befürchtet weitere Aktivitäten des kasachischen Geheimdienstes in Wien und beschuldigt Präsident Nasarbajew krimineller Geschäfte in Österreich. Seit 2007 ...

Events and opinions

Clinton adviser intervened to help with uranium deal, ex-Kazakh official says

An adviser to former president Bill Clinton intervened in 2005 to help win Kazakh approval of a uranium mining deal benefiting a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, according to a video statement m...

Events and opinions

In Kazakhstan, the race for uranium goes nuclear

As global demand for nuclear energy rises, Kazakhstan sees a future for its large uranium reserves. But the country is still struggling to make sense of the role uranium played in its past. The d...

Corruption!

Ablyazov brings new accusations against Kulibayev

(SRI) - Mukhtar Ablyazov, former head of one of Kazakhstan's largest banks, BTA Bank, has brought new accusations against Timur Kulibayev, deputy chairman of the state holding and investment company S

Economy

Central Asia’s Energy Wars

Since the winter energy crisis two years ago, when freezing temperatures lasted for several weeks, cooperation dynamics within Central Asia have witnessed rapid change. Upstream Kyrgyzstan and Tajikis...

Events and opinions

U.S. warns of al Qaeda threat in Central Asia

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Al Qaeda aims to infiltrate Central Asia to train militants and turn the ex-Soviet region into a zone of unrest, a U.S. envoy said on Saturday. The West is worried about risk...

Events and opinions

KAZAKHSTAN: JAILED RIGHTS ACTIVIST TAKES DIG AT OSCE

Yevgeny Zhovtis, a leading human rights activist in Kazakhstan who is currently serving a jail sentence for vehicular manslaughter, thinks the world's leading democracies are turning a blind eye to au...

Events and opinions

Kasachstan und die Sinnkrise der OSZE

Kasachstan hat 2010 den Vorsitz in der OSZE inne. Energielieferungen und Sicherheitsaspekte stehen auf der Prioritätenliste des Westens höher als Fragen der Menschenrechte und des Reformprozesses in K...

Events and opinions

Kazakh tycoon’s secret deal on Prince Andrew’s house

Sunninghill Park is a sorry shadow of the house it used to be when Prince Andrew and his family called it home. Unoccupied and unloved, its unkempt appearance is perhaps all the more surprising g...

Events and opinions

Radical Islam casts shadow over Central Asia

ALMATY (Reuters) - Central Asia is a ticking bomb waiting to go off. Long ignored as a myth whipped up by the authorities to justify political repression, a surge in radical Islam in the former S...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan lifts critical reporting ban

A Kazakhstan court has overturned a ruling that banned the media from publishing criticism of President Nursultan Nazarbayev's son-in-law. The Almaty court also threw out libel cases Timur Kuliba...

Economy

Bad loans main systemic risk for Kazakh banks - central bank

(SRI) - Bad loans remain the main systemic risk for Kazakh banks while liquidity and currency risks are gradually declining, Kazakhstan's central bank said Monday, citing its survey of the country's c

Extra

Kazakh lender BTA Bank files U.S. bankruptcy

BTA Bank , the second-largest bank in Kazakhstan, sought bankruptcy protection in the United States to protect itself from U.S. creditors while it restructures $11.6 billion of debt at home. The ...

Events and opinions

KAZAKHSTAN: FOREIGN MINISTER'S VISIT TO WASHINGTON YIELDS NO AGREEMENTS

The visit of Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev to Washington in early February failed to produce any agreements on pressing issues, according to US State Department officials. Kazakhs...

Economy

Key risks to Kazakh economic recovery

Kazakhstan, the largest economy in Central Asia, is set for recovery after a bumpy 2009 in a process dependent on a number of external and domestic factors. Below are key factors that could eithe...

Events and opinions

U.S. sends a message by stepping up crackdown on foreign business bribes

Federal authorities want companies to know that the cost of paying bribes to win overseas contracts is growing steeper by the day. Long a priority of the FBI and the Justice Department, efforts t...

Corruption!

Brothers Describe Brutalities of Kazakhstan

The Kazakh government stole two brothers' multimillion-dollar businesses from them through beatings, threats, bribes and phony criminal allegations in kangaroo courts, the brothers claim in District o...

Events and opinions

Kazakh papers say libel suit bid to control media

Two Kazakh newspapers on Wednesday criticised a libel suit brought by President Nursultan Nazarbayev's son-in-law against them, saying it was an attempt to muzzle the country's independent media. ...

Events and opinions

North Korean weapons mystery continues

Thailand: Final destination of plane with North Korean weapons still unknown JANE FUGAL AP News Feb 01, 2010 04:54 EST Thailand said Monday that an aircraft loaded with North Korean weap...

Events and opinions

KAZAKHSTAN: US HELSINKI COMMISSION HOLDS ASTANA LOVE FEST

The US Helsinki Commission in recent months has been a frequent and vocal critic of Kazakhstan's record on human rights and democratization. But commission members gave an enthusiastic welcome to Kaza...

Events and opinions

Press Seizure Underscores Concerns about Government's Commitment to Freedom. Kazakhstan is not prepared for its new role at the helm of the OSCE

Freedom House condemns the Kazakh government's failure to live up to its commitment to protect fundamental freedom of expression following the seizure of print runs from five independent newspapers. T...

Events and opinions

Down with Nazarbayev! Kazakhs protest against China's growing influence

Kazakh protesters scuffled with police on Saturday at a rally against their government's burgeoning ties with neighbouring China. Many in Kazakhstan, a vast but thinly populated nation, are suspi...

Events and opinions

Kazakh Leader Nazarbayev Wants Loyalty ‘Test’ for All Citizens

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, ruler of Central Asia's largest energy producer two decades, plans to "test" the loyalty of all citizens in a bid to avoid any form of public protest. "...

Corruption!

Fugitive Kazakh Businessman Urges China To Investigate Oil Deal

Fugitive Kazakh businessman Mukhtar Ablyazov has urged Chinese authorities to investigate a Kazakh-Chinese oil and gas deal that he claims was corrupt, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports. Ablyazov, ...

Corruption!

Kazakh leader's son-in-law sues media in libel case

The influential son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has filed a libel lawsuit against several local newspapers after they published a letter accusing him of corruption, one of the outl...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan under pressure to free rights defender

A private foundation set up by billionaire financier George Soros on Tuesday urged Kazakhstan to free a jailed human rights defender, saying he was imprisoned in "an unfair trial". The ex-Soviet ...

Events and opinions

This Year, the Fox Will Guard the Henhouse

As the Republic of Kazakhstan ascends to its year-long chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010, human rights and basic freedoms from Vilnius to Vladivost...

Events and opinions

KAZAKH FOREIGN MINISTER'S ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON

Astana has not fulfilled reform commitments made in connection with country's selection as OSCE chair Joshua Kucera 2/01/10 Kazakhstan's foreign minister, Kanat Saudabayev, is in Washington from F...

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