Europe's East

Almaty Appeals Court upholds conviction of fugitive ex-banker in Kazakhstan’s biggest fraud case

The Almaty City Court Appeals Board upheld the decision of the Almaty City Specialised Criminal Court against BTA Bank’s former board of directors’ chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov, who in June 2017 was found guilty of organising and leading a criminal group and embezzling more than one trillion tenge (more than US$7.5 billion) from the bank. The ex-banker was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison, according to the court statement.

The Middle East for Russia and the EU: Bone of Contention or Cause for Peace?


By Natalia Evtikhevich, PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager

When the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the United States Donald Trump discussed, among other things, the issue of establishing and enforcing the ceasefire in Syria, which came into being on July 9, 2017.

Opinion: Carla Del Ponte's resignation - politically shortsighted and naive

Carla Del Ponte was full of enthusiasm when she was appointed to the United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) three-person Commission of Inquiry on Syria in September of 2012. Now she is leaving the commission in frustration. And that with a rationale that is not only partial flawed, but also one that is politically shortsighted and astonishingly naive.