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#AstanaHub drives Kazakh digitization and IT development

hub building 4 1 1024x726Kazakhstan is making strides towards digital transformation in many areas. One of the significant moves is the Astana Hub, an international technopark of start-ups that provides multilevel support to entrepreneurs, primarily in IT

Central Asia: Astana IFC – a steppe too far?

Nursultan Nazarbayev AIFC 780Can Kazakhstan create an international financial centre in the middle of the steppes or is it just the latest central Asian pipe dream?

Kazakhstan plans to buy $1.2 bln of Tsesnabank loans

tsesnabankKazakh authorities said on Friday they would buy 450 billion tenge ($1.2 billion) of agricultural sector loans from Tsesnabank in order to boost its financial strength, while the country's No.2 lender reshuffled its management.

Kazakhstan: Devaluation deflates a dispirited population

teng usThe new fall of the Kazakh tenge against the US dollar has again hit the pockets and purchasing power of ordinary Kazakhstanis.

KAZAKHSTAN: Religious freedom survey, September 2018

Kazakhstan Taraz v 2Kazakhstan restricts freedom of religion and belief, along with interlinked freedoms of expression, association, and assembly.

With Aral’s Death Irreversible, Central Asian Leaders Shift Focus To Setting Market Price For Water – OpEd

AralFor most of the past 25 years, the issue of saving the Aral Sea has dominated all discussions of water sharing and use in Central Asia.

Kazakh Who Allegedly Laundered Money Through Trump Tower Ordered to Pay Bank Back

trumpflagA British high court ruled Thursday that Ilyas Khrapunov, the son of the former mayor of the Kazakh city of Almaty, conspired with the former chairman of the Kazakh bank BTA to swindle over $6 billion.

Kremlin ‘sleeper agents’ in Poland and Ukraine: report

kozlovskayaPro-Russian sentiments play a key role in today's reality, Ukraine’s Antikor anticorruption portal has said in its report into the Ukrainian head of a Polish NGO who was recently expelled from the Schengen Area.

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

asia1Analysts say opposition is purged in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan whenever there is a perceived threat.

Xi Jinping’s Path for China

XI JINPINGSince assuming power, Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken many steps to reshape his country, de-emphasizing growth to build a more sustainable economy and engaging in more proactive diplomacy. He has also been rewriting political rules to establish himself as a strongman.

Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

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Russia seeks to accelerate old Soviet state union

Russia seeks to accelerate old Soviet state union

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Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Government Critics

Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Government Critics

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