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Yelena Tishchenko, one of the main lawyers of BTA ex-head Mukhtar Ablyazov, has been arrested on the order of the Moscow Tverskoy Court, RIA Novosti reports.Ablyazov is suspected of financial violations worth over $6 billion in Kazakhstan.Tishchenko was arrested for two months. She was detained in Moscow last week. According to investigators, she was legalizing Ablyazov’s illegal property using and preventing acquisition of $3.3 billion of assets of the Agency for Deposit Insurances.

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Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan to be leaders of Turkic alliance

Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan can become leaders of a Turkic alliance in the near future, the director of the Center of Socio-Political Studies, Vladimir Yevseyev, thinks. He stated his opinion at a round-table discussion “Turkic people and Turkic languages in the context of globalization”, which took place in the press center of the Kazakh embassy in Russia. At the discussion scientists and experts discussed prospects for the Council for Cooperation between Turkic-Speaking States, which was founded in September 2010 in Istanbul with the participation of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the prime minister of Turkey. At the moment the problem of improving economic ties between the countries is being discussed.

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Package of Eurasian integration agreements will be developed in 2014

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the parliament that a package of Eurasian integration agreements will be developed in 2014, Trend reports.Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia will work on the Single Economic Space together and form the Eurasian Economic Union. The package of higher-level integration documents will be ready in 2014.

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Kazakhstan to become one of 30 most developed countries before 2050

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the parliament that Kazakhstan may become one of the 30 most developed countries of the world before 2050 with realization of the Kazakhstan-2050 Strategy.He reminded that the parliament had about 30 bills to consider and had great responsibility.

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Russia wins World Free Calisthenics Championship

Russia won 6 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals at the 32nd World Free Calisthenics Championship that ended in Kiev yesterday. Ukraine took 1-2-2 respectively, Belarus 1-1-3. Yana Kudryavtseva won 3 gold medals, Margarita Mamun won 2.

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BTA ex-head Ablyazov’s lawyer detained in Moscow

Yelena Tishchenko, one of the main lawyers of Mukhtar Ablyazov, ex-head of the board of directors of the BTA Bank in Kazakhstan charged with financial violations of over $6 billion, was detained in Moscow on Friday, Kommersant reports.According to investigators, Tishcheko coordinated Ablyazov’s legalization of property in Russia and prevention of acquisition of his assets by creditors, including the Agency for Deposit Insurance. His assets are worth over $3.3 billion.

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Diplomacy for sale

Recently in the Western and American press cases of publishing overtly anti-Azerbaijani material have became numerous.

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Kazakhstan marks Constitution Day

Kazakhstan is marking the 18th anniversary of the Constitution, Trend reports.Kazakh State Secretary Marat Tajin read out the congratulation message of President Nursultan Nazarbayev at a science conference entitled ‘Constitution – the basis of the strategy for development of the society and state’.Igor Rogov, head of the Kazakh Constitutional Council, noted that the country was on its way to becoming one of the top 30 developed states in 2050.Kazakhstan will have a day off on August 30. Over 40 events will be organized to mark the anniversary.

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Yevgeni Korchevoi: "WTO hinders integration processes in the post-Soviet space"

Interview with the director of the Analytical Center "WTO-Inform" Yevgeni Korchevoi on the contradictions within the Customs Union. According to the expert, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus have many different obligations to international economic organizations such as the WTO, which in future may have a negative impact on their internal integration and in particular on the Customs Union.

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Kazakhstan offers to host talks with Iran

Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov confirmed readiness of Kazakhstan to host talks of Iran and six mediators of the nuclear program in a letter to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, RIA Novosti cites Kazakh Ambassador Roman Vasilenko.

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Armenia fails to balance between EU and Customs Union - expert

Armenian Minister for Economy Vagram Avanesyan said at the Armenian-Belarusian intergovernmental commission yesterday that both the EU and the Customs Union were equally important for Armenia. Andrey Smirnov, Vice President of the Eurasian Cooperation Development Foundation, that Russia and the EU (mainly Germans and Polacks) were insisting on Armenia choosing one of them. Being part of the EU free trade zone and the Customs Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus) is out of option.

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Sentence of murderer of 15 may be appealed in September

The Supreme Court of Kazakhstan may reconsider the sentence of Vladislav Chelakh, 19, murderer of 14 soldiers and a ranger at the Arkankergen Checkpoint in May 2012, on September 2, RIA Novosti reports.Chelakh admitted the murder at first, but then he said that he had testified under pressure. He got a life sentence on December 11.

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7 injured by blast at Kazakhvzryvprom

7 people got heat burns caused by an explosion at Kazakhvzryvprom, a facility utilizing explosives, in the Korday District of the Zhambyl Region of Kazakhstan yesterday, Trend reports.Prosecutors of the Gvardeysky District initiated a criminal case over the incident.

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Istanbul to host second business forum of Turkic states

Istanbul will host the first exhibition of export goods and the second business forum of Turkic-speaking states on September 12-15, Trend reports.The first business forum was held in Almaty in October 2011 within the framework of the summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, when an agreement to found the Business Council of Turkic-Speaking States was signed.

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42% of Russians questioned want Sharia

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life questioned over 38,000 people speaking 80 languages in 39 countries of the world to learn about their attitude towards Sharia.8% of the people questioned in Azerbaijan want adoption of the Sharia law, 12% in Turkey, 10% in Kazakhstan, 35% in Kyrgyzstan, 27% in Tajikistan.The people questioned in Russia were mainly residents of Muslim areas. Thus, 42% of Russians wanted the Sharia law.

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Aizhan Esmagambetova appointed as new head of public health office of Kazakhstan

Aizhan Esmagambetova has been appointed the new Chairman of the Committee of State Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision of the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan, reports the website of the Ministry of Health.Aizhan Serikbaevna Esmagambetova was born on April 5, 1972 in the Almaty region. From 1988 to 1990 she studied at the National Medical College. Previously, she held the position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Kazakhstan, Trend reports.

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Kazakhstan's Ministry of Health sounds the alarm for a case of bubonic plague in neighboring Kyrgyzstan

A case of bubonic plague with a fatal outcome has been registered in Kyrgyzstan. In connection to this, Kazakhstan is tightening control over people arriving from the neighboring country.Last Thursday in the Ak-Sui territorial hospital (Issyk-Kul region) a 15-year-old with signs of bubonic plague was accepted. On the evening of the same day the boy died, the diagnosis was confirmed three days later. 105 people who have had contact with the sick child, including the physicians, are in isolation and receiving preventative treatment.

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