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Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia’s wealthiest businessmen, bought a private jet in February 2023 via Kazakhstan, Russian investigative outlet Verstka said on January 5. Deripaska, who is under western sanctions, allegedly purchased the aircraft from Irtysh ...
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Not Everyone Fits the Mold In early January 2022, peaceful protests were exploited to carry out a parallel coup, according to the government agencies - including the Prosecutor General’s Office - responsible for the investigation. In his latest interview ...
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The government, in fact, is more inclined to restrict freedom of speech to those who criticize its actions than to those who pose a real threat to society and its health. Over the past two years, the ministry of internal affairs has only processed six ...
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Six activists of the Oyan, Qazaqstan! movement were detained in a wave of arrests between December 25 and January 3. Three activists were arrested for holding an unsanctioned rally on Independence Day (December 16) in Almaty’s Republic Square. Fellow ...
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Ignoring the Victims “The road of history is difficult at all times. This was evident during the events of January 2022,” Nazarbayev opens, in a chapter just called “January”. Nazarbayev follows this with a sentence that parrots earlier statements by ...
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Samruk-Kazyna, the state-owned holding, signed agreements with Russian companies on December 26 to build three new thermal power plants. Samruk Energo, a subsidiary in charge of heat and electricity generation, will work with Russia’s Inter RAO-Export and ...
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We met Bolatkhan at the Tastak Bazaar in Almaty during a busy weekday. We walked with her to a shashlik restaurant, serving their specialty shish kebab. “This place is well-known, it has its own regular customers and has retained its unique taste for ...
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The Supreme Court upheld on December 19 a verdict that posthumously sentenced four victims of Qandy Qantar (Kazakh for ‘Bloody January’, the violent repression of urban protests in 2022). Relatives of the four men, who were killed in the southern city of ...
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Why do they target privatization? In the 2000s, oil and gas companies, both foreign and local, devised a strategy of “optimization” of their staff. It implied the outsourcing of their divisions (food, transportation services, and even drilling operations) ...
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Companies will have to declare the value of their assets and properties ahead of filing their annual income statements, the State Revenue Committee said on December 13. The measure lies within the framework of the country’s universal income declaration ...
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“Regarding the publication of everyone’s declarations, I believe that the norm should be the same for everyone, whether they are civil servants, individual entrepreneurs, businessmen, or students,” Zhamaubayev said. Minister Zhamaubayev is obviously ...
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Russian anthropologist Alexandra Arkhipova and her colleagues have been collecting the examples of anti-war street art — stickers, graffiti, leaflets, and complex installations — for 1.5 years. Now, everyone can see photos of 471 works from 48 Russian ...
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Drag Performances: Between Entertainment and Education DragOn is organized and held within “Amirovka” a queer bar and safe space established by local activist Amir Shaikezhanov. For security reasons, the bar's address is not public and it remains a well- ...
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The factory, mines, and assets of ArcelorMittal Temirtau will be sold to Andrei Lavrentyev, a businessman known in car manufacturing, Kanat Sharlapayev, the minister of industry, said on December 8. Sharlapayev also said the government was instrumental in ...
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After the list was published in September, at least one NGO was singled out for extra financial scrutiny. The election monitoring NGO “Echo” was targeted when Nurbank, its lender, applied financial checks against extremism and terrorism, specifically ...
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This is, in brief, the first chapter of Kazakhstan’s oil history. In a continued effort to build the country’s identity around his figure, former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, wrote a 700-page autobiography in which he also talks about the country’s oil ...
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Special European Union envoy on sanctions David O’Sullivan flew to Kazakhstan on November 28 during a tour of countries that have not joined the West in sanctioning trade with Russia in an effort to harm its continued military offensive against Ukraine. “ ...
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The EU, along with the US, the UK, and other G7 countries, imposed sanctions on goods, companies, and individuals in an effort to thwart Russia's military operation. A secondary, but crucial reason for sanctions, is to weaken Russia’s economy to the point ...
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The hosts opened the rally in Russian and Kazakh: “We believe in our president. We share his opinions and we will help him,” are their first words. The movement’s activists were split between “organizers” (in purple jackets) and “participants” (in yellow ...
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At the CSTO meeting, Tokayev also said that the international community should enshrine the right of Palestinians to a state, under the umbrella of the United Nations, abiding by the principle of “two peoples, two states”. The Israel-Hamas conflict taking ...