Another Nazarbayev head rolls as Kazakhstan’s Tokayev steps up purge after mass unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 26, 2022

Central Election Commission Berik Imashev replaced. At sovereign wealth fund, officials announce lie-detector tests will be used in crackdown on corruption.

All eyes fall on Nazarbayev clan’s extraordinary wealth as Kazakhstan’s Tokayev asserts authority by targeting super rich

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan January 24, 2022

Across three decades fabulous riches were secured at home and offshore in oil, gas, metals, banking and luxury property.

Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev appears for first time since unrest

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan January 18, 2022

Former president denies in video address that there is conflict among the country’s elite.

Kazakh officials decline to confirm or deny death of Nursultan Nazarbayev

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan January 17, 2022

Not a word has been heard from ex-president since country was plunged into turmoil by unrest.

Perspectives | Why Uzbekistan does not fear a ‘Kazakh Winter’

Alisher Khamidov for Eurasianet January 14, 2022

Uzbek insiders think they can avoid Kazakh-style unrest, but they’re not taking any chances.

INTERVIEW: Kazakhstan in crisis

IWPR January 13, 2022

With Kazakhstan experiencing its worst unrest in three decades of independence, Abakhon Sultonnazarov, Central Asia director of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), assesses latest developments and wider implications of the crisis.

Kazakh and Belarusian CSTO peacekeepers spotted wearing blue UN peacekeeping helmets

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin January 12, 2022

Kazakh state media caused a stir after it published photographs of state security forces wearing blue UN helmets at a checkpoint in Almaty on January 9.

Kazakhstan’s Tokayev slates ‘Nazarbayev’ oligarchs in populist attempt to turn page on country’s unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 12, 2022

Announcing new ‘For the People’ fund, autocrat slams Kazakhstan’s financial system as dominated by large business groups "based on the principle 'everything for friends, and laws for everyone else'".

PPF still has the deal-making mojo after death of founder Petr Kellner

Robert Anderson in Prague January 11, 2022

New CEO Ladislav Bartonicek is reported to be selling Home Credit Russia as part of the investment group's shift to more mature markets.

Man portrayed as ‘foreign terrorist’ by Kazakh officials turns out to be visiting Kyrgyz musician

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Case adds to pressure on Central Asian country to prove unrest was very much work of groups abroad.

Kremlin-led bloc will crush any attempts at ‘colour revolutions’ says Putin in wake of Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Russian leader joins Kazakh president in describing violent unrest as work of foreign-backed terrorist groups

RIMMER: Cultural learnings

Julian Rimmer in London January 10, 2022

“Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?” It would appear the Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, a sinister dictator straight from central casting, would not appreciate Borat’s insight.

Russian troops could be gone within week from Kazakhstan, says Tokayev’s spokesman

bne IntelIiNews January 10, 2022

President steps up purge of security agency amid persistent speculation of clash with Nazarbayev clan.

Is viral video of 'Kazakh terrorist group' KLF Russian disinformation?

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2022

A mysterious video was uploaded to Telegram on January 7 showing four supposed terrorists with a Kalashnikov and a Kazakh flag who claimed to be members of the "Kazakh Liberation Front" or "KLF".

Kazakhstan: Masimov’s downfall, from the corridors of power to a jail cell

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet January 9, 2022

Masimov has been arrested and charged with treason only days after being fired.

Kazakhstan’s former security services chief detained as rumours of palace infighting grow amid country’s unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2022

‘Grey cardinal’ Karim Masimov faces claims of high treason. Press secretary of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev, meanwhile, denies speculation the former leader has fled the country.

The West’s tricky relationship with Kazakhstan gets more complicated

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 8, 2022

Western government officials have long had to reconcile their desire for Kazakhstan’s vast natural resources with the country’s poor record on democracy and human rights.

Fugitive banker Ablyazov lays claim to filling opposition vacuum in Kazakhstan as president says forces will shoot-to-kill

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2022

Tokayev seeks to delegitimise protests as “terrorist” but has provided no evidence to back claim that unrest results from foreign plot.

Nazarbayev ousted from power, search for Kazakhstan’s vanished ‘Leader of the Nation’ centres on Switzerland, Russia and China

bne IntelIiNews January 7, 2022

Former president widely thought to have fled abroad in panic as nation’s unrest mounted.

Kazakhstan upheaval impacts country’s banks, bonds, equities and uranium and oil industries

bne IntelIiNews January 6, 2022

Banks and stock market remain closed. Sovereign bond yields are hit. Uranium prices surge.