Alarm call for the fugitive ex-oligarch

By Alina Kantor

Fugitive ex-oligarch Ablyazov accused the Kazakh authorities in the kidnapping of his former deputy in Zharimbetov BTA bank, who was detained at the airport in Turkey and sent to Astana READ MORE

The nearest future of the country with profitable investments


By Arthur Dunn

Kazakhstan was up to no less than a technological revolution, some aspects of which the post-Soviet space are not implemented before. Widespread automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and the development of international technology park startups - that for the majority of the Central Asian republic neighbors still episodes of the science fiction movie, for Kazakhstan, it is obvious already the near future. It is not far. Translate the economy on a new track President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed to 2025. READ MORE

The Pearl in the Great China Fleet

By Alexander Yermakov

The People’s Liberation Army Navy of China (the PLA Navy) is perhaps the fastest growing and most ambitious navy in the world. After decades of focusing on coastal defence, the PLA Navy is for the first time ever venturing into the world’s oceans and is prepared to fight for supremacy in the region. In order to back up its lofty territorial claims and confirm its status as a means of projecting the country’s power to the world, the PLA Navy has initiated a large-scale programme to build an aircraft carrier fleet.  READ MORE

TAPI project: Active talks underway to bring in more investors

The TAPI Pipeline Company Limited, created to construct the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, continues active negotiations with all the parties wishing to join the project. READ MORE

Water problems with some neihboring rivers


By D.Rozanov

Kazakhstan in spring can once again be faced with a decrease in the level of water in the transboundary rivers with China. Following Kazakhstan drought threat threatening several regions of Russia. Beijing to negotiate on the use of the water of transboundary rivers refuses and increases the water from them.  READ MORE

Aris Jansons: Riga continued to profile itself as the EU’s expert on Central Asia

An exclusive interview of the Senior editor of Pirmais Biznesa radio (First Business Radio) in Riga, Latvia  Aris Jansons READ MORE

Iran confirms ballistic missile test

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan confirmed that Iran has recently carried out a ballistic missile test. READ MORE

Uzbekistan approves state program on Aral Sea basin

The "State program on development of the Aral Sea basin for 2017-2021" has been approved by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s decree. READ MORE

Fluent top manager of BTA returned

Detained in Turkey, the former first deputy chairman of Kazakhstan's BTA Bank Zhaksylyk Zharimbetov delivered to Astana and released on bail.  READ MORE

OIC Expresses Concern at US President’s Executive Order Restricting Entry into the US

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed grave concern at the Executive Order passed by the US President banning nationals of 7 OIC Member States from the United States and excluding those holding valid visas and permanent residence cards from entry. READ MORE

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February 2017

Photos: EU Central Asia Strategy