May 10, 2021

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KAZAKHSTAN: 18 prisoners of conscience, 11 restricted freedom sentences

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.

Kazakhstan’s toi: A feast or a fuss?

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

Bouteflika, Bashir... will other strongmen fall?

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.

Kazakhstan tries to slip from Xinjiang vice, gets ever more stuck

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.

What’s in a Name? Everything.

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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 Pal Felix Sater Aimed To Launder Funds In Trump Tower Moscow, Bank Lawsuit Charges

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.

Trial over bank’s plundered billions has cast resembling a spy thriller

Fugitive Kazakh banker and opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, shown here on his Facebook page, is alleged to have laundered money through the purchase U.S. properties with the help of his son-in-law Ilyas Khrapunov. 

Kazakhstan Appoints a New-Old Government

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After the abrupt firing of the Kazakh government last week, a new cabinet was immediately approved.

WE MUST CRACK DOWN ON 'TIGERS', NOT 'FLIES'"

AkKazhegeldin"One question – one answer" – Akezhan Kazhegeldin's information project

'Assets don't fit new strategy': BP withdraws from talks on three Caspian blocks in Kazakhstan

'Assets don't fit new strategy': BP withdraws from talks on three Caspian blocks in Kazakhstan

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Kazakh minister sees no upside for Western-led giant oil developments this year

Kazakh minister sees no upside for Western-led giant oil developments this year

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Fugitive kleptocrat supports protest in Kazakhstan

Fugitive kleptocrat supports protest in Kazakhstan

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