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MI6 officers leak oil dossier to Kazakhs
David Leppard, 10.01.2009

TWO serving MI6 officers have allegedly leaked confidential information to a firm of private consultants with links to the family of the president of Kazakhstan.

Corruption in Kazakhstan? My last illusions are shattered
Ken Silverstein, 23.07.2008

The Wall Street Journal has been running a terrific series of articles about corruption and human rights abuses in Kazakhstan, which the newspaper describes as a strategic U.S. friend and energy producer.

Kazakhstan and the 2010 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Chairmanship
US State Department, 23.07.2008

Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Statement Before the Helsinki Commission Washington, DC July 22, 2008 As prepared

U.S. urges Kazakhstan to uphold OSCE values
Maria Golovnina, 23.07.2008

ALMATY (Reuters) - The United States urged Kazakhstan on Wednesday to show clear signs of democratic progress before the end of this year ahead of its chairmanship of Europe's main human rights watchdog in 2010.

Kazakhstan Corruption: Exile Alleges New Details
Glenn R. SIMPSON and Susan SCHMIDT, 23.07.2008

A former member of the first family of oil-rich Kazakhstan is accusing its authoritarian ruler of extensive corruption, potentially complicating U.S. efforts to improve relations with the strategically important Central Asian state.

Ipic creates $1bn fund to invest in Kazakhstan
Hashim al Mohamed and Chris Stanton, 21.07.2008

The International Petroleum Investment Company (Ipic), an Abu Dhabi Government investment fund, and the government of Kazakhstan will invest US$1 billion (Dh3.67bn) in oil and gas projects in the Central Asian country.

President Bush lobbyist Stephen Payne in bribes row quits
Daniel Foggo and Steven Swinford, 20.07.2008

Cash for access at the White House is under scrutiny by Congress

How to buy favor without actual bribes
Rick CASEY, 19.07.2008

One of the services performed by people like Houstonian Stephen Payne highly paid political fixers who help foreign politicians win favor in Washington is cross-cultural education.

Lobbyist: $200K gift to Bush library helps
Mark Silva, 14.07.2008

The library rejects any discussion of money in exchange for any meetings

Stephen Payne: a hotshot lobbyist who can get you into White House
Daniel Foggo and Steven Swinford, 13.07.2008

A lobbyist offered access to Dick Cheney and other US leaders in return for a donation to the Bush library

President Peacemaker?
Joshua Kucera, 05.07.2008

Two U.S. lawmakers say the Kazakh leader deserves a Nobel Prize for giving up Soviet-era atomic weapons. From EurasiaNet.

How did model die?
Bill ZWECKER, 02.07.2008

Police indicate suicide killed Korshunova, but at least one insider says she was too balanced to take her life

U.S. Lawmakers Question Kazakhstan's Fitness To Chair OSCE
Bruce Pannier, 02.07.2008

A U.S. congressional delegation visiting Kazakhstan called on the country to speed up democratic reforms ahead of assuming the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010.

Death of a supermodel
David Usborne, 30.06.2008

Ruslana Korshunova had conquered the catwalks before turning 21. So why did she end her life by throwing herself from the ninth floor of a New York apartment block?

Kazakhstanian model jumps to death from Manhattan apartment
Herald Sun, 29.06.2008

THE fashion world is in shock after the death of supermodel Ruslana Korshunova yesterday.

Kazakh leader vows reform before taking OSCE chair
Maria Golovnina, 29.06.2008

ASTANA, June 29 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's president promised the West on Sunday his country would pursue democratic change before its chairmanship of Europe's main human rights watchdog in 2010.

Lack of Export Insfrastructure Hinders Kazakhstan's Bid to Become Oil Power
Ladislav Beranek, 27.06.2008

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan, with its vast reserves of hydrocarbons, is on a path to become a petro-power on a global scale. That, at least, is the plan of the Kazakh government, oil companies with access to the rich oil fields of Kazakhstan, and those seeking alternatives to OPEC oil. However, as oil production in the landlocked country increases in the years ahead, Kazakhstan could find itself without viable export routes to bring its hydrocarbon wealth to market.

OSCE and Kazakhstan
Oxford Analytica, 27.06.2008

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly convenes in Astana this week, foreshadowing Kazakhstan's stint as OSCE president in 2010.

U.S. Envoy To OSCE Says Kazakhstan Lagging In Reforms
RFE/RL, 27.06.2008

The deputy chief of the U.S. mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Kyle Scott, has told RFE/RL's Kazakh Service after his arrival in Kazakhstan that there are lingering concerns over that country's implementation of democratic reforms.

ODIHR Director gives final address to OSCE Permanent Council
OSCE, 18.06.2008

In his last speech to the OSCE Permanent Council as ODIHR Director, Ambassador Christian Strohal highlighted continuing challenges to human rights.

Kazakhstan: Imitation of struggle against corruption
Musa Feliksov, 12.06.2008

Imitation of struggle against corruption know-how of the Kazakh authorities in power-struggle and stealing of what left from huge resources of Kazakhstan

Bulgaria's controversial ambassador to Kazakhstan asks to be relieved
Sophia Echo, 10.06.2008

Nikola Filchev, Bulgaria's former prosecutor-general who is now serving as ambassador to Kazakhstan, asked to be relieved of his duties starting September, the Foreign Ministry told Sofia Echo on June 10.

Influential Nazarbayev Lieutenant Faces Smear Campaign
Joanna Lillis, 09.06.2008

As Kazakhstans capital gears up for lavish 10th anniversary festivities, all eyes are on Astanas new mayor, Imangali Tasmagambetov. A charismatic politician often mentioned as a possible successor to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Tasmagambetov has found himself in the media spotlight, albeit perhaps not in the way he would have wished.

Kazakhstan: police terrorize Christians at worship
Asia News, 04.06.2008

Police in Kazakhstan burst into the New Life church during services, filming the 60 worshipers present. A new law is being applied that requires authorization for ministers to visit other cities.

Prince's office confirms sale of house for £15m
James Meikle, 26.05.2008

Newspaper claims buyer was Kazakh tycoon Spokesman insists deal was 'straight transaction'

Duke of York sells home for £15 million
Andrew Pierce, 25.05.2008

The Duke of York has sold his marital home for £15 million to an east European business acquaintance who paid £3 million more than the asking price. Sunningdale Park, a gift from the Queen, was on the market for five years for £12 million. It was bought by Kenes Rakishev, 29, whose father-in-law is a former Prime Minister of his native Kazakhstan last summer before the credit crunch impacted on the housing market.

Prince Andrew gets £3m bonus from Kazakh friend
Daniel Foggo, 24.05.2008

Prince Andrew has sold his house for £3m more than the asking price to a Kazakh tycoon with whom he is said to have had business dealings.

Prince Andrew, the smoothest operator of the steppes
Daniel Foggo and Anna Mikhailova, 24.05.2008

As they dined together last Monday at the Savoy hotel in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh, Prince Andrew and the president of Kazakhstan would have had much to talk about.

Roger McDermott, 22.05.2008

Kazakhstan has announced ambitious plans to become the leading regional exporter of arms in Central Asia, transforming its defense industry capabilities within the next two years in order to export mainly artillery systems. Kazakhstan Defense Minister Daniyal Akhmetov has confirmed that the country intends to sell such weapons not only on the Central Asia arms market but also on a broader international scale.

Kazakhstan suspends exports of oil products
Reuters, 19.05.2008

ASTANA, May 19 (Reuters) - The government of Kazakhstan, Central Asia' largest oil producer, said on Monday it was suspending exports of oil products to curb inflation.

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