rferl.org. "Ablyazov Aide Awaits Czech Asylum Ruling" - The Czech Interior Ministry is due this week to decide whether to grant political asylum to Tatiana Paraskevich, a 49-year-old former accountant with ties to Kazakh oligarch and opposition supporter Mukhtar Ablyazov. If her asylum bid is denied, Paraskevich -- who has spent the last 18 months in jail in the Czech city of Plzen -- faces likely extradition to either Ukraine or Russia.
kazworld.info. “Kashagan oil may be partially supplied to China” - Oil produced at Kashagan may be partially supplied to China, Tengrinews reports citing Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin as saying.
huffingtonpost.com. “Mikhail Baryshnikov Slams Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law” - Mikhail Baryshnikov has joined a growing chorus of celebrities, athletes and other public figures in denouncing Russia's "gay propaganda" law. The Russian dance legend and actor ("Sex and the City") sounded off on the controversial legislation in an exclusive statement for the No More Fear Foundation, an international advocacy organization which is dedicated to helping members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community who face persecution in their home countries seek asylum in the U.S.
balticbusinessnews.com. "Estonian door and window maker wins EUR 25m contract in Kazakhstan" - Windoor that manufactures windows and doors has signed an EUR 25m contract to design and manufacture glass and aluminum structures for an international business and conference centre that is being built in Astana, capital of Kazakshstan.
Reuters. “Glencore challenges Vitol in Kazakh oil exports” - Rivals to trading house Vitol led by Glencore are challenging its decade-long leadership in crude exports from Kazakhstan to Europe as new Caspian Sea Kazakh production comes onstream.
eurasianet.org. “Kazakhstan: Debating the Fruits of the Customs Union” - Kremlin kingpin Vladimir Putin’s pet project to drive former Soviet states back into Moscow’s embrace – via the Customs Union -- is gathering momentum. But the possibility of expansion doesn’t thrill all the union’s current members.
kazenergy.com. “KazMunayGas and Shell Kazakhstan Development BV sign memorandum of understanding” - A memorandum of understanding was signed between KazMunayGas (KMG) and Shell Kazakhstan Development BV during the eighth Eurasian Forum KAZENERGY in Astana on Wednesday. The memorandum concerns examining the cooperation opportunities in the field of geological and physical characteristics of the field within the implementation of the "Road map of scientific and technological development of the mining sector of the Kazakh oil and gas industry", the Kazakh national company said.