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Although we faced constant pressure from some Belgian media outlets, we continued to report about the so-called Kazakhgate affair, convinced that in the end the truth will prevail. This is what kept us going during our long journalistic investigation on this topic. In the process, we have been accused of being part of Putin’s propaganda… Continue reading

It’s been almost a year since the creation of the Belgian parliamentary commission aiming to investigate the circumstances that led to the adoption of the extended settlement law. Normally, its workings should have been concluded by now. Instead, it lost two experts, it was marred in scandals concerning press leaks, and it failed to come… Continue reading

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

Who is behind the Kazakhgate scandal in the Belgian media? OSI revealed one name so far: that of the Kazakh oligarch Bulat Utemuratov, who orchestrated it in late 1990s and early 2000s. (http://www.opensourceinvestigations.com/belgium/propaganda-works-first-kazakhgate/) Another character closely linked to Utemuratov is Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oligarch too, and a fugitive from justice who is currently living… Continue reading

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a network was created in Belgium to discredit the so-called Trio formed of Patokh Chodiev, Alijan Ibragimov and Alexander Mashkevitch. The network was coordinated by Eric Van de Weghe, an exotic character connected with intelligence services and with the underworld of ex-Soviet oligarchs. Today, members of the former… Continue reading

Eric Van de Weghe is a character that keeps popping-up in the so-called “Kazakhgate affair” in Belgium. He was first mentioned in the context of Patokh Chodiev’s naturalization – the head of the Belgian intelligence made clear that the documents incriminating Chodiev were forgeries created by Van de Weghe. He reappeared when Armand De Decker… Continue reading

The so-called Kazakhgate inquiry commission in the Belgian Parliament is about to conclude its workings. The parties forming the majority apparently wish to make the commission stop until 21 July at the very latest. What have we found so far? According to Dirk Van der Maelen, the commission’s president, what we found is very different… Continue reading

In the so-called Kazakhgate commission, Dirk Van der Maelen, the Flemish socialist (SP.A) president of the commission, and Georges Gilkinet, its Green (Ecolo) vice-president, are doing everything they can to turn the inquiry into a mockery, because of their own political agendas. At the same time, the big questions remain unanswered.   Repeated hearings on… Continue reading

Recently, the Inquiry Commission of the Belgian Parliament regarding the extension of the criminal transaction in 2011 summoned Jan Jambon, an MP from the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), who was questioned on several issues considered relevant for the investigation. Mr. Jambon declared, among other things, that in the early 2011 there was no pressure from… Continue reading

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