tengrinews.kz. “Kazakhstan's Central Bank on ongoing depreciation of the tenge" - Kazakhstan's Central Bank is decreasing its participation in the internal FX market to retain the international reserves, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing the Central Bank's Press Service. Back in September and October 2015 the Bank steered away from the approach announced August 20 [to shift from the fixed currency band to the free float exchange rate] and resorted to sales of FX in the domestic market. “The share of the Central Bank in the FX market [in these two months] reached 60%. Out of the National Oil Fund [accumulating windfall oil revenues] and gold and FX reserves of the National Bank a total of over $5 billion was sold at the FX market to balance the tenge exchange rate".
kazpravda.kz. “Bread might be rationed out in
According to the Agriculture Ministry, the price of bread in Kazakhstan could rise from 1 January 2016. The Ministry proposed options for selling social bread to pensioners and other vulnerable groups, including rationing of the bread (giving it out on cards).
eurasianet.org. “Kazakh Students Complain About Being Part of Compulsory Crowds" - Many young people enter universities with the hope that one day their education will help them stand out from the crowd. But in
Some university students in Kazakhstan complain they are being forced by university staff to attend events sponsored by officials.
rferl.org. “Poland To Sue Russia Over Return Of Crashed Presidential Plane" -
reuters.com. “Putin's daughter, a young billionaire and the president's friends" - The Russian leader's younger daughter Katerina is emerging as a woman of influence in the next generation of