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    1. November 16, 2014

      Kazakhstan opens up to stave off economic crisis

      In the last days of the Soviet Union, one of Mikhail Gorbachev’s lieutenants came to him with a plea: ditch the Soviet...

    2. September 2, 2014

      Standoff with west reveals splinters in Putin’s Eurasia project

      Cracks are beginning to show in Vladimir Putin’s grand project to form a Eurasian union to rival the EU as Russia’s partners...

    1. FT Photo Diary

      August 26, 2014

      Presidential handshake

      Sergei Bondarenko/Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as...

    2. June 27, 2014

      China and Russia seen to affect growth of Kazakhstan’s economy

      A tap on the shoulder from grey-suited Yermek, followed by a series of probing questions about what I am photographing,...

    3. June 23, 2014

      TBA belies its name as Blair Inc oils into new markets

      A consultant visits Tony Blair Associates to advise on new offices overseas*. Blair: What’s your thinking? Consultant:...

    4. May 21, 2014

      Kazakhs battle to stave off chill blowing in from Russian steppe

      It is after 8pm and Kazakhstan’s parliament in the futuristic capital of Astana is practically deserted. Yet Bakytzhan...

    5. beyondbrics

      April 15, 2014

      Sinopec in $1.2bn deal with Lukoil as China moves deeper into Central Asia

      Lukoil has agreed to sell its stake in several oil projects in Kazakhstan to Sinopec for $1.2bn, in the latest of a string...

    6. January 7, 2014

      Putin’s attempt to recreate the Soviet empire is futile

      According to Vladimir Putin, the “Eurasian Union” that the Kremlin hopes to forge with two of Russia’s southwestern...

    7. beyondbrics

      October 2, 2013

      Kazakhstan: an abrupt change of central bank governor

      Martchenko: out the door By Clare Nuttall of bne Grigory Marchenko has been replaced by former deputy prime minister Kairat...

    8. beyondbrics

      September 9, 2013

      Guest post: can China help Kazakhstan to diversify?

      Xi Jinping of China and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan in Astana, Sept 7, 2013. By Usen Suleimen of the Kazakh foreign...

    9. July 18, 2013

      UN condemns Italy’s deportation of mother and child

      UN human rights experts have condemned Rome’s “unlawful ” deportations of the wife and child of a fugitive Kazakh dissident,...

    10. July 16, 2013

      Italian official resigns over Kazakh deportations

      A senior official in Italy’s interior ministry has resigned over the controversial deportation of the wife and daughter of a...

    11. July 13, 2013

      Italy admits errors in Kazakh deportations

      Italy has admitted under mounting pressure that mistakes were made in its hasty deportation of the wife and daughter of a...

    12. July 10, 2013

      Italy PM orders probe into deportation of Kazakh oligarch’s wife

      Enrico Letta, Italy’s prime minister, has ordered an investigation into the deportation in May of the wife and daughter of...

    13. July 5, 2013

      Mukhtar Ablyazov at centre of fight over Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank

      A lot of money is at stake in a long-running feud between Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan‘s president, and Mukhtar...

    14. June 28, 2013

      Cameron taps into Kazakhstan oil project

      David Cameron, the UK prime minister, will visit the central Asian state of Kazakhstan on Sunday to cut the ribbon on...

    15. June 6, 2013

      Italian minister urged to explain deportations to Kazakhstan

      Italy’s interior minister is under pressure from opposition parliamentarians to explain the deportation to Kazakhstan last...

    16. beyondbrics

      June 3, 2013

      Kazakhstan: authorities secure control of fugitive banker's wife and daughter

      There has been an ugly twist in the long running feud between Nursultan Nazarbayev (pictured) and Mukhtar Ablyazov, the...

    17. May 3, 2013

      ENRC founders made good in Kazakhstan

      The most surprising thing about the founding trio of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation – which controls some of...

    18. The World

      February 3, 2013

      Iran talks - don't get your hopes up

      The announcement that talks with Iran over the country’s nuclear programme will resume later this month sounds potentially...

    19. beyondbrics

      January 25, 2013

      Kazakh pension "nationalisation" plan worries fund managers

      Nursultan Nazarbayev has always taken pride in the privately-run pension system he introduced in the late 1990s that set...

    20. beyondbrics

      January 22, 2013

      Kazakhstan's attractive and ambitious drugs market

      By Clare Nuttall of bne More and more multinationals are entering the pharmaceuticals sector in Kazakhstan, drawn by...

    21. beyondbrics

      November 26, 2012

      India's $5bn Kazakh oil deal

      ConocoPhillips is in the middle of a long-standing streamlining programme, so there was little surprise on Monday when it...

    22. November 23, 2012

      Court rules against Ablyazov in $2bn suit

      The High Court on Friday entered judgment against a Kazakh businessman relating to two civil lawsuits worth $2bn. Mr Justice...

    23. November 6, 2012

      Court rejects appeal of Kazakh tycoon

      A Kazakh businessman is set to be prevented from defending himself against $6bn of lawsuits brought in London’s High Court...

    24. beyondbrics

      September 24, 2012

      Kazakhstan's musical chairs

      Photo: Bloomberg Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, has accepted the resignation of his prime minister Karim...

    25. March 1, 2012

      Judge ramps up pressure on Kazakh mogul

      A Kazakh oligarch accused of siphoning off $5bn from Kazakhstan bank BTA has until March 9 to turn himself in and disclose...

    26. beyondbrics

      March 1, 2012

      Kazakhstan: using the oil fund to diversify into... oil

      Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of oil-rich Kazakhstan, has found a curious use for his oil diversification fund:...

    27. February 24, 2012

      BTA seeks court order against Ablyazov

      BTA Bank, one of Kazakhstan’s biggest banks, is seeking a High Court order against its former chairman – who is suspected to...

    28. beyondbrics

      February 17, 2012

      Hollow victory for Kazakhs and BTA

      It was a hollow victory. Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s authoritarian president, must have savoured the moment on...

    29. February 16, 2012

      ‘Flight risk’ Kazakh tycoon faces jail

      A Kazakh tycoon accused of siphoning billions of dollars from one of Kazakhstan’s largest banks was suspected of being on...

    30. beyondbrics

      February 16, 2012

      Kazakh oligarch faces British jail

      Perhaps the UK isn’t such a cosy place for exiled oligarchs after all, as Mukhtar Ablyazov discovered on Thursday to his...

    31. February 8, 2012

      Merkel strikes Kazakh rare earth accord

      Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has faced down criticism from human rights campaigners by sealing a raw materials...

    32. January 12, 2012

      Kazakhs to bring curtain down on one-party rule

      Snap elections in Kazakhstan on Sunday will bring an end to one-party rule, adding at least a veneer of greater democracy to...

    33. beyondbrics

      December 23, 2011

      Kazahkstan's oil-fired power games

      Nursultan Nazarbayev is facing the worst crisis of his rule after deadly riots last week in oil-rich west Kazakhstan claimed...

    34. beyondbrics

      December 22, 2011

      Kazakh president sacks son-in-law after deadly clashes

      It was to be expected that some fat cats would lose their jobs in Kazakhstan following deadly clashes between police and oil...

    35. December 22, 2011


      Kazakhstan is a vast empty space in the middle of nowhere. As the world’s biggest landlocked country, it looks an easy place...

    36. December 18, 2011

      Kazakhstan unrest leaves 14 dead

      Security forces in west Kazakhstan were battling to restore order at the weekend in the oil-rich region of Mangistau where...

    37. December 16, 2011

      State of emergency after Kazakhstan clashes

      The Kazakh president has declared a state of emergency and curfew in western oil city of Zhanaozen after at least 10 people...

    38. beyondbrics

      December 14, 2011

      Kazakhstan's 20th anniversary gift

      A lesson from Kazakhstan for natural resources companies everywhere: take advantage of a weak state by all means – but be...

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