February 2016

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Events and opinions

Kazakhstan Delicate Balancing Act Between Turkey and Russia

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited Kazakhstan, on February 6, where he and his host government discussed bilateral cooperation on large-scale transit corridor projects (Akorda, February

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Astana Comes Clean on Economic Rout

Kazakhstan has slashed its growth forecast for this year, finally acknowledging the scale of damage wrought to its economy by the slump in the price for its main export commodity. The government no...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan: Graft Probe Targets Prominent Media Figures

Free speech campaigners are crying foul over a criminal investigation in Kazakhstan involving two prominent media figures on charges of embezzling nearly $1 million.   Seytkazy Matayev, head ...

Events and opinions

Head of Kazakh journalists' union detained

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by today's detention of Seytkazy Matayev, head of the Kazakh Journalists' Union and the chair of National Press Club, in Almaty. Agents of Kazakhstan...

Events and opinions

Kazakhstan launches probe against media figure ahead of election

Kazakhstan's anti-corruption agency is investigating the head of the journalists' union Seitkazy Matayev over suspected theft and tax evasion, it said on Monday, less than a month before a parliamenta...


VimpelCom Pays $795 Million To Settle Uzbekistan Bribery Investigation

Netherlands-based telecommunications giant VimpelCom announced today that it would pay U.S. and Dutch government authorities $795 million to end an investigation into bribery in Uzbekistan. While the ...

Events and opinions

U.S. Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Linked To Kazakh Family Feud

 A U.S. federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit brought by a close business associate of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's former son-in-law, who was found dead in an Austrian jail

Events and opinions

Can Kazakhstan’s Privatization Plan Succeed?

Kazakhstan’s plan to privatize its state industries is ambitious, but it faces some major barriers. In October 2015, the government of Kazakhstan announced the largest privatization of state-owned ...

Events and opinions

Child’s Murder Sparks Ethnic Tensions in South Kazakhstan

Ethnic tensions are bubbling in southern Kazakhstan, where local authorities have stepped in to restore calm following the murder of a child by a member of an ethnic minority. Worryingly for Astana, ...


Autocrats’ bag of tricks for staying in power

Excluding hereditary monarchies, there are close to 40 countries around the world in which the national leader has been in power for 10 or more years, writes Freedom House analyst Elen Aghekyan. A sma...

Special projects

Kazakhstan: Astana Opera Hits Cultural High Notes

On a recent snowy winter’s evening in Kazakhstan’s capital, arts buffs flocked to the state-of-the-art opera house. Kazakhstan may be in the grip of an economic crisis, but it was a full house at...

Events and opinions

Crackdown on dissent in Kazakhstan as economy slumps

Activist jailed for inciting social hatred on Facebook, then released after apology, as dropping oil prices hit hard. Something surprising just happened in Kazakhstan. Not the fact that an opposi...

Events and opinions

Kazakh pension fund to buy foreign assets, domestic bonds

Feb 10 Kazakhstan's state pension fund will invest 500 billion tenge ($1.4 billion) abroad this year and buy bonds from local banks and state companies worth 600 billion tenge, the president's office ...

Events and opinions

Kazakh leader orders 689 million pounds for house building as snap poll looms

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his government on Wednesday to allocate 360 billion tenge (689 million pounds) to build affordable housing to support the economy, which has been hit by t...

Events and opinions

Move over Royal Family. London’s oligarchs are the new tourist attraction

‘And if you look to your left you will see a house once linked to Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief, who died in police custody in Austria while awaiting charges of corruption, tor...

Political process

Central Asia’s Presidents-for-Life. Don’t hold your breath waiting for democratic transitions in Central Asia.

The president of Tajikistan was granted the title “Leader of the Nation” in December 2015 by special law. However, he does not want to stop there. On January 22, Tajikistan’s parliament adopted new am...


Kazakhstan at Twenty-Five: Stable but Tense

Kazakhstan is at a political and economic crossroads. The country saw impressive growth from 2000 to 2015 due to high oil prices, but it failed to diversify the economy away from extracting and export...

Political process

Kazakhstan’s Snap Elections: Watching the Watchers Not all election monitors were created equal.

Earlier this week, Kazakhstan’s foreign minister attempted to lay out why Kazakhstan would be hosting snap parliamentary elections next month. “Strong leadership and a clear strategy ... to overcome t...


Oil Squeeze: Kazakhstan And Central Asian States Suffer Amid Slowdowns In Russia And China

Amid the modern and futuristic landscape of Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, and in the large city of Almaty, something rarely seen has appeared in recent weeks and months: protesters. Kazakhstan’s tenge...

Political process

Kazakhstan: Ruling Party Plumps for Populism

Kazakhstan’s president could hardly be expected to run for parliament, so the ruling Nur Otan party has gone for the next best thing: The actor who played him as a young man in the biopic. Nurlan Ali...

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