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Kazakh leader removes head of security service

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has removed the head of the Central Asian country's security service after it clashed publicly with other law enforcement bodies.

 

New security agency head named

shayakhmetovAdil Shayakhmetov has been appointed the new head of Kazakhstan's intelligence agency, the National Security Committee (KNB), replacing Amangeldy Shabdarbayev.

 

"In the end I will return to Kazakhstan."

ablyazovNYTHe says that his ultimate aim is to overthrow Mr. Nazarbayev, even though he could be caught up in British courts for years to come. "I am just here temporarily," he insisted. "In the end I will return to Kazakhstan."

 


 

 

Tajikistan: Dushanbe May Stop Water Flow as Uzbekistan Pulls Plug on Power

For more than a decade Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have had a rocky relationship. But now, following an announcement by Tashkent that it is withdrawing from the Central Asian electricity grid, bilateral ties may take a dangerous nosedive.

 

30% of Kazakh residents unaware of opposition consolidation

The survey of 2,307 respondents in 16 cities conducted by the Kazakhstan Institute of Politician Decisions showed that 34% of residents, city dwellers, had been unaware of the merger of the National Social-Democratic Party (NSDP) and Azat (Freedom).

 

Uzbekistan Closes Border With Kazakhstan

kazmapUzbekistan has closed its border with Central Asian neighbor Kazakhstan to all but citizens of each nation returning home, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said today, as swine flu spreads in both countries.

 

Uranium One gets Kazakh approval to buy 50-percent stake in Karatau uranium mine

Kazakhstan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources approved Canada-based Uranium One's acquisition of a 50-percent interest in the Karatau uranium venture from Russia's Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ).

 

Kazakhstan will not allow foreign investors to take control of key banks - Nazarbayev

nazer4Kazakhstan will not allow foreign investors to take control over key Kazakh banks, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in a televised question and answer session on Friday.

 

Whose conditionality? The failure of EU sanctions on Uzbekistan.

uzb_usaOn October 27, the European Union at its General Affairs and External Relations Council Meeting in Luxembourg decided, as expected, not to renew the sanctions imposed on Uzbekistan in the aftermath of the Andijan uprising in 2005. Ultimately, the case has revealed a profound lack of strategic thinking on the side of the EU and recalls an important lesson for European diplomacy: that sanctions are an instrument for gaining compliance, and that the latter is a matter of leverage – for both sides involved.

 

Kazakhstan investigates opposition paper's printer

Kazakhstan's financial police have launched a criminal investigation against the printer of an opposition newspaper critical of the authorities.

 

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