A Kazakh Woman in Forbes List

slavasay writes in his blog that Forbes has published its new rating of the most influential women. The list is topped by German chancellor Angela Merkel for the third year in a row. Besides, an ethnic Kazakh and citizen of Russia Gulzhan Moldazhanova, who heads the Russian industrial company “Bazovy Element”, owned by Oleg Deripaska, is ranked 37th in this list. Since starting out as the secretary to Russia’s wealthiest man, Oleg Deripaska, Moldazhanova has risen to chief executive of Deripaska’s sprawling holding company, Basic Element. The low-profile Moldazhanova has been appearing more frequently in articles and public meetings, largely…

Commenters at the Olympiad

slavasay writes [ru] about an unpleasant story, related to unethical comments in the Internet-broadcast of the Russian “Sport” TV channel: Russian channel “Sport” organized a broadcast over the Internet. That’s cool — but they sometimes broadcast a technical part, the one that is not aired on the television. Commenters chat with each other and the editors. The raw kitchen of the TV, damnit. Today there was a technical part about rhythmic gymnastics. They — Lidya Ivanova and Nickolai Popov — spoke about our Aliya Yussupova. The thought nobody can hear them, but it’s well audible in the Internet. N.P.: Look…

Kazakhstan: Olympic Blogwatch

The Beijing Olympics have moved political debates in the Kazakh blogosphere to the background. Alim Atenbek is upset with the uniform of the Kazakhstani team [ru]: Officials always want to make a buck on everything, and the Olympiad is not an exclusion. The government allocated 68 milion tenge for 226 kits – or 2,500 US dollars for each – but eventually the quality of fabric and tailoring was so bad that they had to remake it hastily. The tender for sale of tours to Beijing Olympics was very dubious too – a barely known tourist firm won it.

Kazakhstan: Rumors and Crises

The Kazakhstani bloggers always closely keep an eye on economic developments, justifiably linking the problems in development with shortcomings of the political system, poor governance and weak investments in human capital. What still causes sincere amazement in Kazakhstan is a Stoic serenity of the higher officials, responsible for the so-called “breakthrough projects”. What yesterday used to be a pride of the government, today is rapidly becoming a trash and profanation. The whole last week everybody in Kazakhstan was debating about failure of the Unified National Test [a test-based examination for the graduates of high schools and university entrants at the…

Eastern Turkestan Unease

Eastern Turkestan, as the Uighur separatists call the territory on the West of China, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region bordering Kazakhstan, remains a big problem for Beijing, often underestimated by the world media against the background of Tibet or Taiwan. Today the issue reminded about itself. A border patrol station in XUAR was attacked by a group of separatists, tossing grenades in a raid that killed 16 officers and wounded others. Xinjiang province is an area where local Muslims have waged a sporadic rebellion against Chinese rule, while Beijing is conducting continuous politics towards assimilation. The attackers apparently tried to…

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