The trial in Kazakhstan in the case of M. Ablyazov, one of the most famous financial fraudsters of the 21st century, led to a very unexpected result. Support for the former owner of BTA Bank refused the most zealous of his supporters.
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Speaker of Mazhilis, lower house of Kazakhstan's bicameral parliament, Nurlan Nigmatulin met with his Swedish counterpart Urban Christian Ahlin, who is in Astana on official visit, the Mazhilis press office said.
"93% of the territory of Tajikistan are mountains, and 60% of water reserves of Central Asia are located on Tajik territory. At the same time, our country by virtue of its peculiarities is under the negative impacts of climate change," President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon said.
New Delhi should give thought to how it can help add to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ’s agenda, especially if it can be used to channel China’s preponderant regional influence in constructive and non-threatening ways
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, in Astana on June 9, the Akorda said.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was expanded for the first time at the two-day summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the inclusion of India and Pakistan. The inclusion of the two major regional countries in the SCO demonstrates the organization's growing appeal.
After the expansion, the eight-member bloc will cover nearly half of the world's population and three-fifths of the Eurasian continent, which will greatly boost its role of promoting regional stability and prosperity.
These days, Astana is probably the busiest and most sleepless city in Central Asia. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, Akim (Mayor) of Astana Asset Issekeshev talks about the most relevant issues for the capital, the development of the transport system, the attraction of investments and, of course, the city’s preparedness for the highly anticipated EXPO 2017 to be held under the theme of Future Energy.
The British Council will present the Future Creative programme to bring U.K. contemporary culture to Kazakhstan and to promote cooperation between cultural leaders of Kazakhstan and the U.K. as part of the EXPO 2017. The programme will focus on the U.K.’s economy and feature a package of innovative projects in music, theatre and creative leadership designed to engage citizens in the life of smart cities.
India’s and Pakistan’s joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will have controversial impact on the organization, Richard Weitz, a senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the US-based Hudson Institute, believes.
Negotiations between regime, rebels in Kazakh capital will aim to establish definitive borders for ‘de-escalation zones’