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Swiss parliamentarians resist transparency

Swiss parliamentarians resist transparency

A former Swiss ambassador secretly lobbying for Kazakhstan’s interests inside the government building; or a Swedish arms factory’s nebulous attempt to influence Switzerland’s order for fighter jets: both cases have rekindled demands for more transparency in lobbying. “I don’t judge single cases, but this is certainly not lobbying,” says lobbyist
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How Sarkozy’s former spy chief worked on behalf of Kazakhstan

On Wednesday March 4th, France’s top appeal court ruled that billionaire Kazakh opposition politician and former banker Mukhtar Ablyazov could be extradited over an alleged six-billion-euro fraud. Meanwhile, behind the scenes in this complex affair, a mysterious website has revealed a mass of emails hacked from Kazakhstan leaders. They reveal
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Ablyazov wins at cassation court in Paris

AIX-EN-PROVENCE COURT’S EXTRADITION DECISIONS ANNULLED; CASE SENT TO LYON TO BE HEARD ANEW CASSATION WIN COMES JUST AS SCANDAL ERUPTS OVER AIX-EN-PROVENCE COURT’S MISHANDLING OF CASE; NEWSPAPER PUBLISHES DETAILS OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES OF AIX-EN-PROVENCE JUDGES AND PROSECUTOR; ABLYAZOV’S LAWYERS DEMAND FRENCH JUSTICE MINISTER LAUNCH INVESTIGATION Paris, April 9, 2014 —
Казахстан: от тоталитаризма к демократии

“You are ordinary dictator”

Madina Ablyazova wrote a letter to the president of Kazakhstan. I wrote a letter to the president of Kazakhstan. Today I will send it to Kazakhstan, Astana. 473000, Beibitshilik street,11. I hope it will reach the recipient. Original publication in PDF format Mr. Nazarbayev, My father’s conflict with you and
France to extradite Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov

France to extradite Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov

A French court has ruled that Kazakh tycoon and dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov should be extradited to Russia or Ukraine to face fraud charges. Ablyazov, arrested on the French Riviera in July, is accused of stealing more than $6bn (£3.6bn; 4.4bn euros) from Kazakh bank BTA. The court said that extradition
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France To Extradite Kazakh Dissident Banker

A French court on Thursday ruled that Kazakh banker and opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov should be sent to Russia or Ukraine to face fraud charges. A recognized refugee and key political opponent of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Ablyazov fled the country in 2009. He was apprehended by French police in
Kazakh banker’s wife returns to Rome after expulsion row

Kazakh banker’s wife returns to Rome after expulsion row

Alma Shalabayeva’s deportation in May and subsequent detention in Kazakhstan caused uproar in Italy. Alma Shalabayeva, whose husband, a Kazakh banker wanted for fraud in three countries, received a warm personal greeting from Italy’s foreign minister on Friday when she flew back to Rome months after being summarily expelled. Shalabayeva’s
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Deported family of fugitive Kazakh banker return to Rome

The wife and daughter of a fugitive Kazakh banker have arrived back in Rome seven months after they were arrested and wrongfully deported to Kazakhstan in a case that strained relations between the two countries and triggered a political furore in Italy’s coalition government. Alma Shalabayeva and her sixyearold daughter
Kazakh envoys in Rome accused of kidnap

Kazakh envoys in Rome accused of kidnap

A daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh opposition activist, is to file a criminal complaint against three diplomats, accusing them of complicity in kidnapping his wife and six-year-old child in Italy. The complaint – to be lodged by lawyer Astolfo di Amato, a former judge of Italy’s supreme court, on
UN condemns Italy’s deportation of mother and child

UN condemns Italy’s deportation of mother and child

UN human rights experts have condemned Rome’s “unlawful ” deportations of the wife and child of a fugitive Kazakh dissident, saying the expulsions amount to an “extraordinary rendition” in a case that has threatened the stability of Italy’s coalition government. In a statement released by the UN office for human
Call by Madina Ablyazova

Call by Madina Ablyazova

Dear people of Kazakhstan! I appeal to you with a request to help me find the location of my mother Alma Shalabayeva and my six-year-old sister Alua whom Kazakh secret services transported from Italy on May 31, 2013 by a charter flight. The plane presumably landed in Astana yesterday evening.
Abliazov’s family

The special forces kidnapped Abliazov’s family

Mukhtar Abliazov’s wife and little daughter were kidnapped from a Rome suburb and are being taken to Kazakhstan on a plane specially sent from Astana. This shocking message was posted by the politician on his Facebook page. His wife and 6-year-old child are in danger! Original publication in PDF On
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The Khrapunovs press charges for espionage

The family say they have been victims of computer attacks by Kazakh authorities. Translation of the article: Le Temps – Les Khrapunov portent plainte pour espionnage. When the federal adviser Johann Schneider-Ammann opened an official visit to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on Wednesday, the hidden war between the Kazakh authorities and
A new home for the President’s daughter

A new home for the President’s daughter

Billionaire Dinara Kulibaeva is living in Switzerland under questionable circumstances – her father is the President of Kazakhstan. Translation of the article: Neue Heimat für die Präsidententochter (PDF). BERN – Dinara Kulibaeva first hit the headlines in early 2010. At the time, it was announced that the daughter of Nursultan
Press Release

Press Release

The Khrapunov Family in the Sights of the Kazakh Dictatorship The legal authorities of Kazakhstan, controlled by the dictator Noursoultan Nazarbaïev, have compiled a dossier with the aim of accusing the Khrapunov family of money laundering and other crimes. According to Swiss law, Swiss authorities must respond to requests for
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Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

On creation of the Republican Corporation “Television and Radio of Kazakhstan”. Original publication in PDF In order to enhance the creative and technical level of the television and radio programs, improve the system of television and radio broadcasting management, develop a single informational space of Kazakhstan, enable the integration into