aslan sagutdinov

 To test the limits of his right to peacefully demonstrate in Kazakhstan, Aslan Sagutdinov, 22, stood in a public square holding a blank sign, predicting he would be detained.

A Kyrgyz border guard checks a vehicle at the country's frontier with Uzbekistan. Central Asian states are looking for ways to ease trade and travel within the region © AFP

 Region known for mutual hostility and glacial change shows signs of opening up

Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A Russian-tied lobbyist who attended the notorious Trump Tower meeting and a longtime GOP operative are teaming up to lobby on behalf of a Kazakh fugitive alleged to have stolen millions from the Central Asian country.


On 30 May, 2016, RNZ and TVNZ jointly On 30 May, 2016, RNZ and TVNZ jointly published an article headed "Panama Papers:The NZ-Kazakhstan connection".

Prison at Zarechny Almaty Region RFE Toguzbaev

In addition to one Muslim on trial in Shymkent, 18 individuals are known to be currently jailed for exercising freedom of religion or belief. All are Sunni Muslim men. A further 11 are serving restricted freedom sentences. A further 12 are under post-jailing bans on specific activity. A further 29 who have completed sentences still have their bank accounts blocked.

Нуржан Аташ

 Kazakhs who cannot afford the expense of a wedding often take loans. Banks even advertise special wedding-themed credit.

ca7d2bfdefef4acda751c22a3f8bb448 18Strongmen in the Middle East and North Africa will be eyeing warily popular protests, fed by frustration with living standards and an elite perceived as corrupt, that helped push veteran Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and now Sudan's Omar al-Bashir from power.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosts/consoles his Kazakh counterpart, Beibut Atamkulov, in Beijing on March 28. (Kazakh Foreign Ministry)Campaigners drawing attention to the Xinjiang detentions say Nur-Sultan’s public relations campaign is two-faced.

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On March 19, 78 years old Nursultan Äbisjuly Nazarbayev unexpectedly announced his resignation as President of Kazakhstan, referring to the need for “a new generation of leaders”.

Trump SoHo entrance on Spring Street

Sater helped hide millions in stolen funds in the U.S., including as down payments in Trump Soho, the Kazakhstan bank’s suit claims.