eurasianet.org. “Kazakhstan: Senate Reshuffle Sparks Succession Talk” - News that elder statesman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is returning from a high-level diplomatic posting in Geneva to step into Kazakhstan’s second most important job, constitutionally speaking, has sparked renewed talk about who will succeed the long-serving president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
wsj.com. “Kazakhstan’s Former Central Bank Chief Says He Quit Voluntarily”-Kazakhstan’s former central bank chief Grigory Marchenko said his surprise exit this month was due to family reasons and a desire to work in the private sector.
blouinnews.com. “Nazarbayev ally to chair Kazakh senate” - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, a longtime diplomat and former U.N. deputy, has just signed up to be Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s #2 man. On Wednesday, the Senate elected Tokayev (who was nominated by the president) as its chairman, making him first in line for the presidency if Nazarbayev dies or is deemed incapable of fulfilling his duties.
azernews.az. “Kazakh gov’t develops plan to inform public of nuclear fuel bank” - Kazakhstan's population will be informed about the activity of the nuclear fuel bank based on a special plan developed by the country's foreign ministry for this purpose, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov said on October 16 during Government Hour at the parliament.
csmonitor.com. "Beaten diplomats and 'bad' tulips: Russian-Dutch ties get worse" - The assault of a Dutch diplomat in an apparently homophobic home invasion is just the latest in a series of incidents putting Russia and the Netherlands at odds.