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    1. beyondbrics

      April 24, 2015

      Under shadow of hostility and distrust, Kazakhstan faces tough choices

      The increased tensions between Russia and the west, the continuing problems in the global economy and the rising threat from...

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      April 15, 2015

      China's Silk Road plan is already taking shape

      Over the weekend of 28-29 March 2015, a Chinese government “special leading group” was set up to oversee progress on the...

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    1. March 16, 2015

      Vladimir Putin brushes off ‘gossip’ over mystery absence

      Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance in 11 days on Monday, brushing aside rumours that he was seriously ill as...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      March 12, 2015

      Returning from the International Space Station

      The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of Nasa, Alexander Samokutyaev...

    3. beyondbrics

      March 11, 2015

      Guest post: China and Russia - allies not frenemies in central Asia

      By Diana Gapak, Daniyar Kosnazarov and Gavin Bowring Often likened to being “between a rock and a hard place”, Central...

    4. March 10, 2015

      Chevron expects sharp slowdown in output growth at end of decade

      Chevron, the US oil group, expects a sharp slowdown in its production growth towards the end of the decade as it cuts...

    5. beyondbrics

      March 5, 2015

      Even without the conflict, Russia is bad for Ukraine and the CIS: Fitch

      It is news to no-one that Ukraine is suffering fall-out from Russia. But in a study to be published on Thursday that...

    6. beyondbrics

      February 16, 2015

      Pressure builds on Kazakh tenge as Azerbaijan plans to abandon peg

      Pressure for a devaluation of Kazakhstan’s beleaguered currency is building as the country adjusts to weaker oil prices and...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      February 6, 2015

      An eye for an eagle

      Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwest China, travel to a festival organised by...

    8. January 29, 2015

      Russia buys record amounts of gold

      Russia accounted for about one-third of central banks’ gold purchases last year as the country spent more on the metal than...

    9. FT Alphaville

      January 21, 2015


      With apologies for the angelic imagery, here’s BNP Paribas on Wednesday (our emphasis): In our analysis, six EM sovereigns...

    10. January 19, 2015

      Russian economy to shrink 5%, says EBRD

      Russia’s economy will shrink by close to 5 per cent this year, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development...

    11. Lex Live

      January 19, 2015

      KAZ minerals: a low-cost producer?

      No one rings a bell on the day that a given market hits the bottom. That is the reason for owning assets that everyone...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      January 19, 2015

      Blessing the river for Epiphany

      An Orthodox priest immerses a cross in the Bolshaya Almatinka river to bless its water during an Epiphany ceremony in...

    13. January 9, 2015

      Snapshot: ‘Promising Waters’ by Mila Teshaieva at the Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee

      ‘Promising Waters’ by Mila Teshaieva Mila Teshaieva, who was born in Ukraine in 1974 and now lives in Berlin, is a...

    14. January 8, 2015

      Russia: Dangers of isolation

      Welcome to Russia,” says the big sign marking the border from Belarus on the main road from Minsk to Moscow. But as Roman, a...

    15. January 6, 2015

      Central Asia Metals avoids pitfalls of mining

      Kounrad, a small copper project in Kazakhstan, is miles away from BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in every sense. Built for...

    16. December 22, 2014

      Russia’s ills spread around the region

      When Russia sneezes, the rest of the former Soviet Union catches a cold. Last week, as the rouble plunged as much as 36 per...

    17. beyondbrics

      December 19, 2014

      Belarus: kicking the rouble when it's down

      In a dreadful week for the rouble, Alexander Lukashenka, the president of Belarus, has gone out of his way to make matters...

    18. beyondbrics

      December 8, 2014

      Kazakhstan hopes PPP will unblock roads and unlock finance

      As anyone who has tried to drive across Almaty at 6pm knows, Kazakhstan’s financial capital is no sleepy city on the steppe....

    19. beyondbrics

      November 21, 2014

      Guest post: Kyrgyzstan's dilemma over joining Russian-led customs union

      By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential By most accounts, Kyrgyzstan’s Dordoi Bazaar, which lies on the outskirts of the...

    20. 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...

    21. November 10, 2014

      Kazakh currency faces devaluation dilemma

      You only need to look at a chart of Kazakhstan’s currency against the rouble to appreciate Kairat Kelimbetov’s dilemma. The...

    22. FT Photo Diary

      November 10, 2014

      ISS crew returns to earth

      Shamil Zhumatov/AFP/Getty Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew...

    23. November 10, 2014

      Kazakhstan looks at hedging against falling oil prices

      Kazakhstan is looking at hedging the price of oil, in a sign of how the US shale revolution and recent tumble in crude...

    24. October 9, 2014

      Leaking pipelines to add up to $4bn in costs to Kashagan oil project

      The cost of Kashagan, already the world’s most expensive oil project, is set to rise by nearly $4bn as the companies...

    25. October 8, 2014

      ENRC abandons part of legal case against former director

      ENRC, the miner that withdrew its listing from the London Stock Exchange last year amid a criminal investigation, has...

    26. October 7, 2014

      Investors snap up Kazakhstan dollar bond

      Investors flocked to Kazakhstan’s first dollar-denominated bond in more than a decade, the first sovereign bond deal to...

    27. October 5, 2014

      Kazakhstan first to introduce post-Argentina bond contracts

      The first test of new rules created in response to Argentina’s default at the hands of US bond investors is expected to...

    28. October 2, 2014

      IOC hits out as Norway withdraws Winter Olympic bid

      Having amassed the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, there was no surprise when Norway threw its hat in the ring to...

    29. September 30, 2014

      Exxon considers its course after sanctions hit Russian ambitions

      At another time or in a different place, the oil and gas field ExxonMobil has discovered in the Russian Arctic would have...

    30. September 29, 2014

      Chinese ambassador withdrawn from India before president’s visit

      China unexpectedly recalled its ambassador to India shortly before a state visit to the country this month by President Xi...

    31. September 28, 2014

      London Stock Exchange to pursue African company listings

      The London Stock Exchange is launching an aggressive attempt to increase the number of listings of African companies in the...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      September 26, 2014

      Soyuz TMA 14 M blast off

      Yuri Kochetkov/EPA The Soyuz TMA 14 M blast off from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan carrying members of the mission Russian...

    33. September 25, 2014

      Kazakhstan revives conflict-hit bond sale

      Kazakhstan has once again announced its intention to borrow money on international debt markets as political tensions...

    34. September 12, 2014

      It is time to stop groupthink, sell momentum and buy value

      ‘But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved...

    35. September 8, 2014

      Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has prostate surgery

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader and ultimate decision maker, underwent prostate surgery on Monday, according...

    36. September 5, 2014

      Photographs by Nadav Kander reveal Kazakhstan’s nuclear past

      The name Kurchatov is not immediately recognisable in the way that Hiroshima or Chernobyl are. The small town on the steppes...

    37. 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...

    38. August 28, 2014

      China issues crude import licence to group not owned by the state

      China has issued a crude import licence to a non-state-owned company after months of expectations, in a grudging first step...

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