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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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    Martchenko: out the door By Clare Nuttall of bne Grigory Marchenko has been replaced by former deputy prime minister Kairat...

  2. 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...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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:...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. December 22, 2011

    TeliaSonera

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

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. November 20, 2011

    Zhaikmunai to seek London listing

    Zhaikmunai, the Kazakhstan-based oil and gas producer, has become the latest company from the former Soviet Union to signal...

  34. November 10, 2011

    Kazakh lawmakers call for snap elections

    Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have called for a snap parliamentary election expected to pave the way for an end to one-party rule...

  35. November 8, 2011

    Blair pressed on Kazakh reforms

    Leading opposition figures in Kazakhstan have urged Tony Blair to press for democratic reform in the oil-rich central Asian...

  36. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2011

    S&P rates Kazakhstan above Russia

    Good news for Kazakhstan, with Standard & Poor’s upgrading the sovereign to BBB+, one notch above Russia. President...

  37. October 21, 2011

    Blair works on makeover for Kazakhstan

    Tony Blair has added Kazakhstan to his roster of oil-rich clients, advising the authoritarian Central Asian regime on...

  38. October 21, 2011

    ‘Unlikely friendship’ with strongman

    Margaret Thatcher is among the political heroes of Kazakhstan’s president – along with Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of...

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