IAC EURASIA ARCHIVE

July 2011

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Events and opinions

Court hears ENRC bid to strike out $2 bln lawsuit

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - A British Virgin Islands court will on Monday consider an application from units of Kazakh miner ENRC to strike out a $2 billion claim filed by Canadian rival First Quantum...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan Objects to Inclusion on "Terror" List, But U.S. Stands Behind It

After news emerged last week that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had included Kazakhstan on a list of countries "that have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organiza...

Events and opinions

Policeman provided KBN with Aliyev case data

A 51-year-old policeman has been sentenced to jail for accepting money from the Kazakh secret service.   The officer – who has been sacked in the meantime – reportedly received 37,500 Euros f...

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Wie die „Kasachen-Affäre“ in Brüssel in Schwung kam

Jahrelang drückten sich die Wiener Strafbehörden vor Ermittlungen gegen Rachat Alijew. Dann machten der letzte DDR-Ministerpräsident und ein CDU-Schwergewicht im EU-Parlament Druck, und hatten Erfolg....

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Rumors about Nazarbayev health swirl amid alleged hospital stay

(SRI) - Rumors that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has been admitted to a German hospital sent up the cost of Kazakhstan's credit default swaps on Tuesday amid concerns over succession in the C

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Ablyazov assets concentrated in hundreds of offshore companies - report

(SRI) - Assets controlled by the ex-chairman of Kazakhstan's BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov are concentrated primarily in offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus and Seychelles,

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Succession issue in spotlight amid rumors about Nazarbayev's health

(SRI) - Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday refused to comment on reports that President Nursultan Nazarbayev underwent a prostate surgery at a German hospital and said he would be back in Asta

Events and opinions

Prince Andrew Is Ending His Role as Business Envoy

LONDON — Prince Andrew will resign as an ambassador for British businesses abroad, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.   The 51-year-old prince, Queen Elizabeth's second son, has recently been t...

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Aliyev 'is not on the run'

A lawyer representing Rakhat Aliyev has denied that his client is on the run.   Manfred Ainedter stressed today (Weds) that the former Kazakh ambassador to Vienna intended to cooperate with a...

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Prosecutors have Aliyev in their sights

A former banker and diplomat faces murder investigations in Austria, it has emerged.   The federal justice ministry – which is headed by Beatrix Karl of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) ...

Events and opinions

Powerful earthquake hits Central Asian valley

OSH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Central Asia's densely populated Ferghana valley on Wednesday, shaking houses and sending residents of several Uzbek and Kyrgyz cities onto the...

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U.S. Government: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan Terror Threats

Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are included in a U.S. immigration service's special watch list of countries whose people should come in for extra scrutiny to make sure they're not terrorists. The list (p...

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Glamorous Oil Tycoon Makes Waves Back Home In Kazakh First Family

Goga Ashkenazi has experienced a meteoric rise, from small-town Kazakh girl to prominent fixture of British high society.   She was born Gaukhar Berkalieva, the youngest daughter of an irriga...

Events and opinions

After Borat, Kazakhstan’s Cinema Dreams

With an historical drama, Myn Bala, and other "blockbusters," the former Soviet republic is making a bid to become Hollywood on the Steppe   The set of Myn Bala, two hours north of Almaty, fe...

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Joint commission to try resolve strike at Karazhanbasmunai

(SRI) - Local authorities, and representatives of KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production (KMG EP), trade unions and striking workers have agreed to form a working commission to resolve the strike at t

Events and opinions

Mukhtar Ablyazov exiled Kazakh businessman granted asylum in UK

Ablyazov is a controversial figure who is being sued for £1.3bn in civil actions and is alleged to be behind a fraud of up to £7.6bn   Mukhtar Ablyazov's application for political asylum was ...

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Kazakhstan: Astana’s Political Fixes Fail to Cater for Social Disaffection

A shake-up of Kazakhstan's political scene is under way with a revamped political party in Astana seemingly destined to play the role of tame opposition to the ruling party, Nur Otan. Analysts are cau...

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Authoritarian Kazakh prez to be hero of fairy tale

(AP) ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — The life story of Kazakhstan's authoritarian president has already been the subject of a glowing cinematic biopic and a play. Now, it is getting the fairy tale treatment

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Foes Face Ups and Downs Abroad

There have been a few interesting twists and turns lately in the fortunes of some implacable foreign-based foes of Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev.   London-based oligarch Mukhtar...

Events and opinions

Serik MEDETBEKOV: NOTHING IS NOW CONTINGENT UPON RAKHAT ALIYEV

In the early post-independence years, Serik MEDETBEKOV was a well-known successful businessman. In 1994, he opened the РИК (RIK) radio station and set up the first digital animation studio in Kazakhst...

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Suspects in the murder of policemen identified as members of radical Islam sect, media

Almaty. July 7. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The suspects, who stormed the police station in a firearms attack, were identified as members of the local Salafi sect, propagating radical Islam, said the Vremya...

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Sting cancels Kazakh concert over oil worker dispute

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Sting has canceled a concert in the Kazakh capital Astana scheduled for Monday after human rights group Amnesty International informed the former Police frontman abou...

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Authoritarian Kazakh prez to be hero of fairy tale

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — The life story of Kazakhstan's authoritarian president has already been the subject of a glowing cinematic biopic and a play. Now, it is getting the fairy tale treatment. ...

Events and opinions

Kashagan said in crisis (again)

Shell and its partners developing the Kashagan oilfield will have to ask the Kazakh government for an extension to the 2013 deadline for the first oil from the troubled project, in what would be a hum...

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Live Nation announced today that the Sting Symphonicity performance previously scheduled for Monday, July 4th in Astana has been cancelled...

Amnesty International recently apprised Sting about the situation in Kazakhstan regarding the repression and crackdown against oil workers, their union leaders, their legal representatives & of th...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan's Leader of the Nation Takes a Bow

Hot on the heels of a silver screen version of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's early life, The Sky of My Childhood, comes a stage version about the dramatic rise of the man officially known as...

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Kazakh Opposition Leaders Form Popular Front Movement

ALMATY -- Several Kazakh opposition parties and nongovernmental organizations have announced the formation of the Popular Front movement, which they say will take part in the next parliamentary electi...

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Kazakh oil workers air labour grievances in Moscow

MOSCOW, June 30 (Reuters) - A group of striking Kazakh oil workers vowed to prolong their five-week dispute over pay and conditions after travelling to Moscow on Thursday in a rare show of dissent aga...

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