Trend - Rome Prosecutor's Office starts investigation against three Kazakh diplomats - According to the newspaper, Kazakh ambassador to Italy Adrian Elemesov, political advisor of the Embassy Nurlan Hasen and attache for consular affairs Yerzhan Esirkepov are under investigation. All three diplomats may be called to the prosecutor's office for questioning in the near future.
Euromoney - Kazakhstan: BTA in recovery mode after Ablyazov arrest - Speaking from southern France, where Ablyazov is being held in prison, Peter Sahlas, a lawyer employed by the banker’s family, tells Euromoney Ablyazov is still in "fighting mood", and has filed for a new trial at the European Court of Human Rights. Sahlas says Ablyazov fled London in February 2012 – hours before being sentenced to 22 months in a UK jail for contempt of court – as he feared being killed on British soil by Chechen assassins
Eurasianet - CSTO Promises Support, But No Russian Troops, For Tajikistan's Border - The only head of state to not go to the summit was Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who instead sent Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov. It doesn't seem that Nazarbayev had more pressing business: he spent the day inspecting the economic development plans of the Kyzyl-Orda province, before jetting off on an official visit to, of all places, Monaco.
Business New Europe - The Kashagan effect - Kashagan was touted as one of the world's biggest finds when it was discovered in 2000. With the first oil now flowing - some eight years after the earliest predictions € the project is set to catapult Kazakhstan into the big leagues, and make it one of the biggest non-Opec producers in the world.
Russia Today - Intelligence agencies want 'all the phone records,' defend surveillance programs - Documents leaked by Snowden since June of this year have revealed that the government uses those authorities to collect intel at a much greater degree then previously reported. Upon questioning from the panel on Thursday, it was suggested that the NSA gathers even more information than assumed.