Category Archives: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s leader resigns after almost 30 years in power

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared in a shock announcement on March 19 that he was resigning with immediate effect, thereby bringing a close to his almost three decade-long rule over the Central Asian nation.

In a televised address to the nation, Nazarbayev said that the speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, would take over as head of state until presidential elections can be held. The next vote is scheduled to take place in December 2020.

Five-nation deal paves way for tapping Caspian riches

The leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have signed a landmark deal on the legal status of the resource-rich Caspian Sea, taking a big step towards resolving 22 years of dispute with the prospect of massive financial gains.

How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

Lessons of the Miners’ Strike of the Karaganda Region

Kazakh miners’ action against ArcelorMittal Temirtau (AMT) will be an example of active protection of their labor interests for all workers of Kazakhstan.

At the same time, for a number of reasons, it was not possible to achieve a complete victory. We consider it necessary to consider these reasons in more detail. ArcelorMittal is a very serious opponent; it is a supporter of strict control over costs and has already faced strikes of its employees in Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. It will not be frightened by losses from a four-day strike by a small part of its workers. Only the threat of serious losses from a large-scale and long-term strike will force it to make concessions.

Wave of repression against workers leaders’ in Kazakhstan

The government of Kazakhstan launched a campaign of repression against trade unionists in recent months.

At the beginning of January the government and bosses of the OCC oil company attempted to quash an oil workers’ protest.

The chair of the workers’ union Amin Yeleusinov and labour inspector Nurbek Kushakbayev were arrested on 20 January.