October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after it was ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A UN expert on Friday urged the Kazakhstan government to end the mandatory registration of religious communities. Currently, all religious communities in Kazakhstan are required by law to obtain registration status to exercise collective religious functions. During a visit to Kazakhstan, the UN ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was originally ordered in January by a French court, has been detained by Spanish ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
UN independent human rights expert Francois Crepeau on Friday urged the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was ordered Thursday by a French court, has been detained by ...[read more]
January 9, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A French court in Aix-En Province order the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating $6 billion from BTA Bank. The French court agreed to the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, which both house BTA Bank branches, partly because ...[read more]
May 13, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On May 13, 2010, the upper house of the Kazakhstan Parliament passed a constitutional amendment granting significant additional powers to President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The lower house of Parliament had approved the amendment the day before. The amendment would have extended significant ...[read more]
December 29, 2012
by Arjun Mishra
On December 29, 2010, the bicameral Kazakhstan Parliament agreed to hold a referendum proposing to bypass the next two presidential elections and extend President Nursultan Nazarbayev's reign until 2020. In June 2010, Nazarbayev had refused to sign a law that would have granted him presidential ...[read more]
November 19, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
A court in Kazakhstan on Monday upheld the conviction of an outspoken opposition leader accused of inciting dissent in an attempt to overthrow the country's government. Vladimir Kozlov, head of the unofficial Alga! party, was found guilty of fomenting unrest and sentenced to seven-and-a-half ...[read more]
October 8, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
A court in Kazakhstan on Monday sentenced an outspoken political activist to seven-and-a-half years in jail for allegedly colluding with a fugitive billionaire to overthrow the government. Specifically, Judge Berdybek Myrzabekov found Vladimir Kozlov, head of the unofficial Alga! party, guilty of... ...[read more]

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