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Ablyazov’s family may return to Italy

The family of Mukhtar Ablyazov, chairman of the board of BTA Bank of Kazakhstan suspected of violations worth over $6 billion, may gain permission to return to Italy, RIA Novosti cites Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov.Ablyazov’s wife Alma Shalabayeva is currently in Alma Ata and has no permission to leave the city.

Russia to hand over Zenit complexes in Baykonur to Kazakhstan

Russia will start transfer of equipment at the Baykonur Cosmodrome to Kazakhstan, most likely to its International Space Services Company (ISS). 50% of its shares belong to the Ural Metallurgy Company of Iskander Mahmoudov, Izvestia reports.The ISS leases launch sites of Zenit carriers at Baykonur and prepares to launch a rocket with Israel’s AMOS-4 satellite.

Yerlik Kenenbaev Deputy Minister of Interior of Kazakhstan injured in traffic accident, wife and son dead

Yerlik Kenenbaev, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, has been in a traffic accident with his family on the road between Pavlodar and Astana, near the village of Shiderty. Six people were in the car when it went off the road and overturned, the driver, Kenenbaev himself, his wife, son and two relatives.The driver, Kenenbaev's wife and son died on the spot. The deputy minister and his surviving family members were taken to hospital.

Kashagan oil extraction to start no later than in October

Kazakh Petroleum Minister Uzakbay Karabalin said that oil extraction at Kashagan in the Atyrau Region of the republic will start no late than in October, Trend reports.The official noted that 98% of the project was completed.Kashagan is located in the northern part of the Caspian Sea, 80km away from Atyrau and covers 5,600 square km. It holds 35 billion barrels of oil, about 9-13 billion barrels are extractable.

Turkish companies to build greenhouses in Chechnya

Officials of Turkish companies Yukcel, Aytekin Group and IC Group have arrived in Chechnya and met Deputy Prime Minister Hasan Hakimov, supervisor of Chechen investment issues, ChechnyaTODAY.com reports.The companies expressed interest in developing business in Chechnya, such as construction of greenhouses. Preliminary agreements have already been reached. The companies want to found joint business in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus.Bulent Aytekin of Aytekin Group noted that they will consider building a factory for metal constructions.

National Welfare Fund of Kazakhstan to restructure its non-core assets

The list of the non-core assets of the National Welfare Fund of Kazakhstan "Samruk-Kazyna", and of its subsidiaries "KazMunaiGas", "Kazatomprom", "Kazakhstan Temir Joly" and "Samruk-Energo" that are to be restructured has been released. Currently, the plans for restructuring of the non-core assets and facilities approved by the boards of directors of these companies are being implemented.

Demographic situation in the CIS countries

On July 11, the United Nations celebrates World Population Day. The day before that date, a Yerevan-Moscow-Kiev-Chisinau-Astana teleconference was held in Moscow: "The demographic situation in the CIS countries: common challenges and private problems".