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Uzbekistan Banks on Russian Oil for New Refinery.

Uzbekistan revealed in late April that it had begun building a new $2.2 billion oil refinery that would produce fuel for sale domestically and abroad. Official news sources stated perfunctorily that oil supply agreements had already been reached with Kazakhstan and Russia, although the finer details still in fact need ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: Preserving Life Amid an Environmental Disaster.

Copyright show: No Rafat Aimuratov is on a crusade to save Muynak. The former bustling fisheries hub in western Uzbekistan is ground zero in what is widely acknowledged to be among the worst environmental disasters of the past century. Decades of intensive water-hungry cotton farming sapped the rivers filling the Aral Sea ...

- Economic Policy Institute - US

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society.

Copyright show: No Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously that her grand ambition for Kazakhstan was to promote a change in the population's mindset. The country's citizens, she told EurasiaNet.org, had to change from slaves into masters' and demand our rights.'

- Economic Policy Institute - US

UNIAN: DTEK receives first batch of anthracite coal from South Africa.

The first cargo ship loaded with deficient anthracite coal arrived in Ukraine from the Republic of South Africa, the press service of Rinat Akhmetov’s DTEK wrote on Facebook. The post UNIAN: DTEK receives first batch of anthracite coal from South Africa appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

DTEK receives first batch of anthracite coal from South Africa.

The first cargo ship loaded with deficient anthracite coal arrived in Ukraine from the Republic of South Africa, the press service of Rinat Akhmetov’s DTEK wrote on Facebook.


Dark Tourism in Kazakhstan's Gulag Heartland.

Under the USSR, Kazakhstan hosted a sprawling network of prison camps that housed millions of prisoners.

- The Diplomat - US

UAE Gains Edge In $165 Billion Caspian Oil & Gas Market.

The United Arab Emirates has spearheaded the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative to increase its presence in the Caspian Sea nations—Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan - all petrostates still suffering from almost three years of bearish oil markets. New data from MEED Projects, a consulting firm that tracks ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Kazakhstan to investigate bond acquisition from Azerbaijan's IBA.

- Today.Az - AZ

Kazakhstan to investigate bond acquisition from Azerbaijan's IBA.

Kazakhstan's central bank will investigate the acquisition by the state-managed pension fund of $250 million worth of bonds in the International Bank of Azerbaijan after the lender announced it would not repay some of its debts in full.

- AzerNews - AZ

Uzbekistan invited to join TITR.

A roundtable meeting on the topic "Trans-Caspian International Transport Route and Seaports of Kazakhstan" was held in Tashkent on May 25.

- AzerNews - AZ

Ghani, Modi to meet in Astana next month.

By Javed Hamim Kakar on 25 May 2017 KABUL : Afghanistan...

- Pajhwok - AF

Apple pie may not be as American as you thought.

What do you get when you take apples from Kazakhstan, eggs from India, and cinnamon from China?

- Grist Magazine - US

Money supply in Kazakhstan up 0.9% in April and down 2.2% in four months

ALMATY - Kazakhstan's money supply expanded by 0.9% in April 2017 to 19.469 trillion tenge, the National Bank said. In January-April 2017, money supply shrank by 2.2%. Total cash in circulation grew by 4.8% in April 2017 to 1.724 trillion tenge . The monetary base expanded 1.1% to 5.254 The post Money supply in Kazakhstan ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Controversial Election, Citizenship Bills Advance In Kazakh Parliament

Kazakh lawmakers have given preliminary approval to controversial bills that would ban independent candidates from running in presidential elections and enable the authorities to strip "terrorists" of their citizenship.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Controversial Citizenship Bill Advances In Kazakh Parliament

Kazakh lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a controversial bill that would enable the authorities to strip "terrorists" of their citizenship.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Equipment shipped away after Shanghai court intervenes

A BATCH goods worth US$2.78 million, on the vergeof being auctioned by the Customs after having been stranded at port for nearly half a year over money disputes, was shipped away within three days after the Shanghai Maritime Court intervened. The infrastructure equipmenthad beenplanned to be shipped from Japan to ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Kazakhstan comes in from the cold

Struggling oil producer tipped as emerging market investment hot spot

- Financial Times - US

Nishikori makes winning start at Geneva Open

World No. 9 Kei Nishikori got off to a winning start at the Geneva Open on Tuesday, taking care of Kazakhstan's 88th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets in the second round. Nishikori, recently hampered by a right wrist injury, saved two break points to advance to the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-3 and said he was pleased The ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Restructuring of Kazakhstan's Banking Sector Continues

Aftershocks of the crisis continue to rock the country's financial sector after a buyout and rumors of another merger.

- The Diplomat - US

Iran denies reports on suspension of Kazakh Uranium deal

Iran has denied a recent report on Kazakhstan's decision to suspend a deal on supplying uranium to the Islamic Republic.

- AzerNews - AZ

Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan agreed on electricity transit

Uzbekistan will provide its energy networks for the transit of Turkmen electricity to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

- AzerNews - AZ

Iran denies reports on suspension of Kazakh Uranium deal

- Today.Az - AZ

Syria: Amid 'promising' diplomatic steps, UN envoy says hostilities continue on the ground

Despite the “promising” steps in Syria that followed diplomatic talks in the Kazak capital, Astana – a nationwide ceasefire announced last December, and the de-escalation zones created inside Syria to deepen that effort – a United Nations envoy today warned of ongoing hostilities between the Government ...

- UN - INT

Nazarbaev Meets Tillerson, Voices Hope For Closer Cooperation

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and voiced hope for closer cooperation between the two countries.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Clashes in Syrian City of Daraa Despite it Being 'Safe Zone'

Intense clashes broke out in Syria's Daraa on Monday between government forces and insurgents with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and state media said. Daraa, the site where Syria's crisis began in March 2011 with ...

- Voice of America - US

UAE- National Media Council discusses preparations for Expo 2017 Astana

UAE- National Media Council discusses preparations for Expo 2017 Astana...


Kazakh banks look for strength through consolidation

Halyk to buy rival Kazkommertsbank as country pushes M&A to shore up balance sheets

- Financial Times - US

The Sheepdogs promoting hockey with concert in Kazakhstan

The Sheepdogs will perform this weekend as part of an initiative to promote hockey overseas.

- Global News - CA

Sania-Shvedova lose in Italian Open semis

Rome, May 20 India's Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan lost in the semi-finals of the Italian Open tennis tournament here on Saturday.

- Yahoo! News - US

Kazakhstan: Union Leaders Jailed, ITUC Takes Case to ILO

Brussels, 19 May 2017 : The ITUC has lodged a formal complaint with the International Labour Organisation over the unjustified imprisonment of two oil industry trade union officials, as well as government refusal to recognise the rights ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Meet the 106-year-old Indian woman cooking up a storm on YouTube

Mastanamma has more than 340,000 subscribers.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Aiming To Lift Production, Kazakhs May Not Play Along With OPEC Cuts

While many oil producers part of the OPEC/non-OPEC agreement to curb production have already stated their support to the deal extension for another nine months, Kazakhstan is going into next week's meeting with little enthusiasm for rolling over its production cuts, as it plans to raise output from its major oil fields. ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Kazakhstan: Union Leader Gets 2-Year Jail Sentence

A labour union leader in Kazakhstan who helped mobilize oil workers into defending their right to independent union representation has been sentenced to two years in jail on charges including embezzlement. Speaking briefly after the verdict in an Astana courtroom on May 16, Amin Yeleusinov expressed despair at the outcome ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Ukraine's property fund asks court to undo Ukrtelecom privatization

Ukraine's State Property Fund has lodged a lawsuit with a Kyiv-based economic court against Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov's ESU company and the State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine to cancel the sale of shares of Ukraine's telecoms giant Ukrtelecom and recover UAH 2.17 billion, or US$82.1 million, in fines, ...


Kazakhstan: Pension Funds Lost in Azerbaijan Venture

Kazakhstan's beleaguered state pensions fund has found itself the target of a fresh bout of public indignation after losing hundreds of millions in a doomed Azerbaijani investment. Privately run broadcaster KTK reported this week that managers at the Single Accumulated Savings Fund, or ENPF in its Russian initials, sunk ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kazakhstan: Trade Union Leader Jailed

Expand Amin Yeleusinov. © 2017 Sania Toiken – A Kazakh court on May 16, 2017, sentenced a trade union leader to two years in prison on politically motivated embezzlement charges, Human Rights Watch said today. In addition, the trade unionist, Amin Yeleusinov, 55, is banned from engaging in any trade union activities for ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Kazakhstan: Journalist Stabbed En Route to Brief Diplomats

Expand Ramazan Yesergepov. © 2016 Kazis Toguzbaev – A prominent Kazakh journalist and activist was violently attacked in the early morning hours of May 14, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Kazakh authorities should ensure that the attack is investigated promptly, thoroughly, and impartially and that the attackers ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Kazakhstan: Journalist, Media Rights Activist Stabbed

The head of a media rights group in Kazakhstan has been stabbed as he was on his way for discussions with a diplomat and international media experts about shrinking press freedoms in the country. The head of civil society group Ar.Rukh.Khak, Bahytzhan Toregozhina, wrote on her Facebook account that Ramazan Yesergepov, 61, ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kazakhstan Set for Economic Recovery, But What Next?

As Astana enters an upturn, sustaining reform momentum will be vital as will confronting corruption.

- The Diplomat - US

Syria: Agreement on 'de-escalation zones' could lift UN-facilitated political talks

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said today that next week's UN-facilitated talks in Geneva will benefit from the dynamics of the negotiations which began in Astana, Kazakhstan, earlier this month, which saw an agreement between Russia, Iran and Turkey on 'de-escalation zones' in war-torn ...

- UN - INT

Trump meets Russian FM in Oval Office

May 10, 2017, 7:29 PM US President Donald Trump met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday at the White House. Trump later described the 40-minute meeting as 'very good'. Earlier, the minister met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department. During a press conference at the Russian embassy, ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Putin's 'Safe Zones' in Syria Are Nothing of the Kind

09 May 2017Far from a breakthrough, the Astana agreement is a thinly veiled pretext to increase Russian and Iranian influence. Dr Lina Khatib Twitter Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme Although the agreement on the establishment of ‘de-escalation areas’ in Syria, signed by Russia, Turkey and Iran on 4 ...

- Chatham House - UK

Can a deal in Astana wind down the six-year Syrian war?

Russia, Turkey, and Iran have signed an agreement to de-escalate the conflict in Syria. Will it work?

- UN - INT

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, And The Hope of Regionalism

Astana and Tashkent are at the heart of regionalism's potential in Central Asia

- The Diplomat - US

5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness

Teimur Akhmedov was charged under Article 174: inciting hatred.

- The Diplomat - US

UN envoy urges Syrian parties to 'press ahead' after Astana talks suspended

A senior United Nations mediator today urged the continuation of talks on a Syrian ceasefire being held in the Kazak capital of Astana.

- UN - INT

Central Asia's Freedom of Speech Stalemate

Space for critical debate shrinks further amid economic crises and fears over extremism. Freedom of speech is deteriorating across Central Asia, with the authorities either shoring up already tight controls over media or taking further steps  to intimidate any independent voices. Critics warn that anti-incitement ...


Kazakhstan's Renewable Energy Quest

Astana will face a number of practical and political issues in promoting renewable energy sources.

- The Diplomat - US