eurasianet.org. “Kazakhstan: Is Sanctions-Hit Kremlin Dragging Astana Down?” - With the Russian economy starting to creak under the weight of Western economic sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, a question is being posed in Kazakhstan: will the Kremlin’s aggressive geopolitical agenda cause Astana excessive economic pain?
inform.kz. “Ex-Mayor of Karaganda region Abdishev arrested for 2 months “- Former Mayor of Karaganda region Baurzhan Abdishev has been accused of abuse of power. Kazybekbi district court judge Bakhyt Akhmetova announced the decision of the court. Baurzhan Abdishev to be arrested for two months.
“Demand for labor to exceed workforce growth in 2014-2018, Kazakh minister” - "Demand for labor will exceed the growth of economically active population during 2014-2018," Healthcare and Social Development Minister of Kazakhstan Tamara Duissenova told a conference on vocational education development issues held at the Senate.
rferl.org. “Interview: Russian Billionaire's Arrest A 'Gangster Story” - Self-exiled Russian businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin says the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia's richest people, has more to do with asset grabbing than politics. Yevtushenkov's AFK Sistema group owns oil firm Bashneft and Russia's largest mobile-phone operator, MTS. Chichvarkin spoke with Lyubov Chizhova of RFE/RL's Russian Service.
mb.com. “Poroshenko Sees Ukraine Applying For EU Membership By 2020” - President Petro Poroshenko has proclaimed an end to the ”most dangerous” part of Ukraine’s pro-Russian uprising and the start of a post-war recovery that would lead to an EU membership bid in 2020.
bbc.com. “'More than 3,000' Europeans with IS” - The EU's anti-terrorism chief tells the BBC the number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000.
xinhuanet.com. “WHO calls for salt reduction to save millions of lives” - On the occasion of Sept. 29 World Heart Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for reducing salt intake to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke and in turn save lives.