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

28Sep 2017

Chishimba Kambwili has confirmed OSI’s reports that he mounted a rebellion against President Edgar Lungu. Although tribal-motivated, the plot started with an attack on Lungu’s support of the mining sector. Both his tribal behaviour and anti-business rhetoric turned against Kambwili. Kambwili: Lungu is facing a rebellion In a series of investigative articles started back in… Continue reading

25Sep 2017

  The highlight of this weekend was without a doubt the German Federal election, which came at a tumultuous time for the well-established political parties that have been ruling the country ever since the 50’s. In a shocking result that left many baffled, AfD (right-winged, nationalist, anti-immigration) became the third largest party in the Bundestag,… Continue reading

20Sep 2017

Frank Monstrey is perhaps best known in Belgium for his real estate project, Sterea, near Brussels, which includes The National Golf Brussels in Sterrebeek. Golf and real estate may be fine, but Frank Monstrey also is – or rather was – an oil tycoon in Kazahstan. And this put him in the company of some… Continue reading