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Italian Policemen Sentenced for Kidnapping Kazakh Ex-Banker’s Family
October 19, 2020

Italian Policemen Sentenced for Kidnapping Kazakh Ex-Banker’s Family

By Paolo Sorbello
Italian police staged a special operation to detain and repatriate the wife and daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov in 2013. Now seven of those involved were sentenced. 

Kazakhstan’s Fintech Group Lists in the London Stock Exchange
October 16, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Fintech Group Lists in the London Stock Exchange

By Paolo Sorbello
The group that owns Kazakhstan's third-largest bank sold around $1 billion in shares in the London Stock Exchange. 
Kyrgyzstan’s Messy Parliamentary Election Sparks Protests in Bishkek
October 06, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Messy Parliamentary Election Sparks Protests in Bishkek

By Aigerim Turgunbaeva
Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary election was accompanied by allegations of mass vote buying, use of administrative resources, and the beating of journalists.

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?
September 24, 2020

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?

By Catherine Putz
The five leaders foregrounded a range of issues, from the pressing challenge of COVID-19 to vague promises of political reform.

The FinCEN Files Show Suspicious Activities of Kazakhstan’s Former Oligarchs
September 23, 2020

The FinCEN Files Show Suspicious Activities of Kazakhstan’s Former Oligarchs

By Paolo Sorbello
Hundreds of millions of dollars of suspicious origin have transited in and out of Kazakhstan with the help of U.S. banks, an investigation of thousands of leaked documents reveals. 

Kazakh Activist’s ‘Fake News’ Conviction Upheld
September 15, 2020

Kazakh Activist’s ‘Fake News’ Conviction Upheld

By Catherine Putz
What concerns the Kazakh government isn’t “fake news” but its own fear that incompetence, pointed out, will undermine the current power structures.

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny
September 15, 2020

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's anti-monopoly agency fines the Atyrau refinery; Uzbekistan's Fergana refinery becomes loot for investors. 
Kazakhstan’s Robin Hood: The Geopolitics of Sci-Hub
September 14, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Robin Hood: The Geopolitics of Sci-Hub

By Corissa Steiner
Sci-Hub, using legally dubious methods, makes academic research free to researchers worldwide. It is a win for Western academia.

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China
September 08, 2020

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

By Umida Hashimova
The economic slowdown in China, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has affected the gas trade. 

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia
August 28, 2020

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia

By Paolo Sorbello
The third edition of the FemAgora Central Asia festival began with online video conferences this year, as activists find new and original ways to create networks
Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply
August 28, 2020

Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply

By Catherine Putz
Russia's vaccine has not completed critically important phase III trials, but Kazakhstan has made a deal for access if Sputnik V proves effective.

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