March 2016

OSCE, PACE Observers Note “Progress” in Kazakhstan’s Mazhilis Election, Point Out Areas for Improvement

Observers from three Western institutions, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), found Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary election of March 20 was “efficiently organised with some progress noted,” the three election monitoring groups announced in a joint press release and press conference the day after the vote.

HOPES FOR JUSTICE RESERVED

By Alina Kantor

The Court of Appeal considered the application of the French Lyon protect former Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov's release and left him in custody. Desperate attempts to get out of the underground oligarch at will, breaking on reinforced concrete position of the French court and the prosecutor's office.

John Kerry In Moscow: Meeting With Putin Under Consideration, Russia Foreign Ministry Hopes For Better US Relations

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By Suman Varandani

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Moscow Tuesday for a three-day visit to meet Russian officials. Kerry is reportedly expected to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss Syrian settlement as the peace talks in Geneva approach their final days.

TurkPA: elections in Kazakhstan met international standards

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“Early parliamentary elections and elections for the local representative bodies in the Republic of Kazakhstan were held in compliance with the national legislation of Kazakhstan and international election standards”, said Mr. Halük Ipek, Head of TurkPA’s international election observing mission, member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey at the concluding press-conference held in Astana on 21st March.