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]
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]
April 19, 2012
by Jamie Reese
A court in Kazakhstan sentenced 47 individuals to 15-year prison terms Thursday on charges relating to terrorist attacks and financing extremist activities. The convicted individuals are alleged to be members of a terrorist group and were subjected to a month-long trial, beginning in March and ...[read more]
October 13, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill dissolving religious organizations and requiring re-registration, drawing criticism from international observers. The bill dissolves current registrations and establishes a procedure requiring groups to ...[read more]
May 12, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On May 12, 2010, the lower house of the Kazakhstan parliament approved a constitutional amendment to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The bill, which deems Nazarbayev "leader of the nation," grants immunity for acts carried out while in office. It also makes it illegal to ...[read more]
April 16, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday discharged six justices of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan for corruption. The Kazakh Prosecutor-General's Office has opened criminal cases against the judges, who are suspected of corruption activity. The Kazakh State Agency for ...[read more]
February 2, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Kazakhstan's parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to the constitution which allow President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold presidential elections in 2012 instead of extending his presidency until 2020. The bill was signed into law by Nazarbayev after unanimous approval by both houses of ...[read more]
January 31, 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth
Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council on Monday rejected a proposed referendum that would have extended the presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev until 2020. According to the council, the proposal, which entailed cancellation of elections scheduled for 2012 and 2017, was inconsistent with the ...[read more]
January 14, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament Friday voted unanimously to amend the constitution to authorize a referendum that would extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. The vote overruled Nazarbayev's decision last week to veto the proposed ...[read more]

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