18Nov 2017

On 16 February 1999, six car bombs exploded outside Uzbekistan Government headquarters in Tashkent, killing 16 people and injuring more than 120. Shortly after the attack, president Islam Karimov visited the site of the explosions. He was flanked by two men in uniform: Rustam Inoyatov, the head of the National Security Service, and Zokir Almatov,… Continue reading

10Nov 2017

Although there is an international arrest warrant issued on her name, Botagoz Jardemalie, a Kazakhstani national and the right hand of Mukhtar Ablyazov, had a company in Brussels, Belgium, and repeatedly visited the country without any hindrance from Belgian authorities. Who is Botagoz Jardemalie? Jardemalie was born on 10 July 1976 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In… Continue reading

10Nov 2017

Trump and Obrador share a mutual friend: former New York mayor Rudolf Giuliani. In 2000, Obrador won the election for mayor of Mexico City with a campaign full of anti-American rhetoric. He specifically criticized Giuliani’s approach to crime. Once in office, mayor Obrador invited Giuliani to save Mexico City. Obrador hired Giuliani for US$4.3 million…. Continue reading

02Nov 2017

The so-called Kazakhgate scandal first emerged in October 2012, when the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé published an investigation allegedly revealing how France interfered with the Belgian legislative process on behalf of Patokh Chodiev and his asociates. The proof for this scenario was a note, dated 28 June 2011, attributed to Etienne des Rosaies, a person… Continue reading

30Oct 2017

On 12 September 2017, 23 international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Transparency International, asked US Government to impose financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Rustam Inoyatov, the head of Uzbekistan’s National Security Service. NGOs accused Inoyatov of being directly responsible for arbitrary detention, torture and other serious abuses. In… Continue reading

20Oct 2017

The 2018 Mexican Presidential election is just around the corner and the political parties have already started flexing their candidates, in hopes that they will construct the perfect campaign that would essentially secure the votes of close to 94 million Mexicans. Although the most common-found themes often talked about by the Presidential candidates touch the… Continue reading

13Oct 2017

The extension of the amicable settlements in April 2011 in Belgium gave rise to two possible explanations. One explanation claims that a trio of Kazakh oligarchs – Patokh Chodiev, Alijan Ibragimov and Alexander Mashkevitch – used their connections to then French President Nicholas Sarkozy to get away with an ongoing criminal investigation in Belgium by… Continue reading

06Oct 2017

The on-going crisis that is developing in Spain is not only worrisome, but could also spiral out of control very quickly if the emotions that are being fuelled into it are not defused immediately by the Spanish and Catalonian authorities. During the last couple of days, we have heard both sides supporting their ideas passionately,… Continue reading

04Oct 2017

The experts of the Kazakhgate commission in the Belgian parliament delivered their preliminary report. Their findings and observations differ significantly from what the politicians told us so far. In short, the experts’ conclusion is this: there never was any Kazakhgate. What the experts say The preliminary report written by the experts working for the Kazakhgate… Continue reading