Konstantin Syroezhkin. Photo: Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies

Kazakhstan jails China expert for 10 years for treason

  • While authorities did not say whom Konstantin Syroezhkin was accused of spying for, rights activists said his work with China was the focus of the case
  • Syroezhkin had pleaded not guilty but would not appeal the sentence, as he understood his punishment ‘was a command from the top’, said a Kazakh activist
Topic |   Kazakhstan

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Konstantin Syroezhkin. Photo: Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies
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Kazakhstan’s new financial centre in the capital of Nur-Sultan. Photo: Facebook

Can Kazakhstan’s China-backed financial hub boost belt and road funding?

  • New stock exchange in Kazakh capital backed by Shanghai and Nasdaq exchanges and Goldman Sachs, among others
  • But analysts unconvinced new financial hub can tap international investor money without greater transparency of project details
Topic |   China economy

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Kazakhstan’s new financial centre in the capital of Nur-Sultan. Photo: Facebook
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