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JPMorgan said it was processing a payment from Russia’s Embassy in Kazakhstan to Russian insurance agency Sogaz, moving to ease tensions after Moscow accused the U.S. bank of “illegally” blocking the transaction. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday the bank had blocked the payment “under the pretext of anti-Russian sanctions” and suggested the “unacceptable, illegal and absurd” act would have consequences for the U.S. Embassy in Russia. The confrontation threatened to further strain ties between Washington and Moscow, which have been locked in a standoff over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “Following consultation with our regulators, we are processing this transaction,” JPMorgan said on Thursday in a statement. Last month, Washington imposed sanctions, including visa bans and asset freezes, against several Russians close to President Vladimir Putin and against Rossiya Bank, which it said was the “personal bank” for the leader’s inner circle. Insurance agency Sogaz is 48.5 percent owned by Abros, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank Rossiya. Guidelines on the U.S. Treasury department’s website from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control says that property which is more than 50 percent owned by a person on the sanctions blacklist is affected. “U.S. persons are advised to act with caution when considering a transaction with a non-blocked entity” in which the blocked person has significant ownership interest that is less than 50 percent, the guidelines say.
Russia has accused U.S. banking giant J. P. Morgan of illegally blocking a cash transfer from its embassy in Kazakhstan to a Russian company. A ministry statement calls J.P. Morgan’s move “unacceptable, illegal and absurd” and warns the blockage will “have consequences” for the U.S. embassy in Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry linked the blockage to U.S. sanctions slapped on Moscow for its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials or J. P. Morgan. The U.S. Congress Tuesday approved the sanctions announced by President Barack Obama last month and also gave final approval to $1 billion in loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government.
There appeared to be something extremely fishy about the Europa League qualification tie between Norwegian club IL Hodd and Kazakhstan’s FC Aktobe. Hodd, taking a 1-0 first-leg advantage into the return fixture, arrived in Kazakhstan without two of their best players after their visa applications were rejected. The absence of Akeem Latifu and Sivert Heltne Nilsen from Thursday’s second-leg was as telling as it was convenient: Aktobe turned the tie around with a 2-0 home win to advance 2-1 on aggregate. Making the whole thing even barmier are reports which suggest the visa refusals – which came with no explanation whatsoever from the Kazakh embassy – are perhaps retaliation for a similar instance in the first leg, when two key Aktobe players were denied access to Norway.
According to the decree of President of Kazakhstan, embassy of RK will open in Sweden, official press reported. “In accordance with strenghtening diplomatic ties of Republic Kazakhstan with Sweden decree: to open in Stockholm (The Kingdom of Sweden) embassy of Kazakhstan, “- said in a presidential decree. This decree entered into force from January 1, 2013.
Austrian officials say a former top Kazakh diplomat is being investigated on suspicion of murder and kidnapping. A Kazakh court charged Rakhat Aliyev with murdering two bankers. The estranged former son-in-law of Kazakhstan’s president has sought political asylum inAustria. Austrian prosecutor Thomas Vecsey said Monday the current investigation is preliminary and that any trial would be held in Austria. In 2008, a Kazakh court convicted Aliyev of trying to overthrow his government and kidnapping the two bankers in 2007 during a commercial dispute. It sentenced him to 40 years in prison. He was dismissed as ambassador to Austria in 2007 after accusing Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev of totalitarianism.
Kazakhstan’s embassy in Washington has demanded a full investigation into the killing of a Kazakh citizen by an American policeman in the city of Portsmouth,Virginia. Following the shooting last month, the Kazakh Embassy issued a diplomatic note to the US State Department, “expressingKazakhstan’s serious concern with the incident and a demand of a comprehensive and transparent investigation.” The 26-year-old victim identified as Kirill Denyakin was reportedly shot several times by a US police officer on April 23 for banging on the door at the scene of an alleged house burglary inPortsmouth. Crime experts say the suspected American officer, who mistakenly took Denyakin for a thief, made eleven shots at the tragic scene. However, Portsmouth police said an officer responding to a call about a burglary saw a man banging on the door to an apartment, the officer opened fire when the man headed toward him. The young man “did not respond to the police orders, moved his hand suspiciously and started heading towards a police officer. The officer shot the guy six times,” according to Portsmouth police. Kazakh Ambassador Yerlan Idrisov has called on US officials to help ensure the April shooting is investigated properly and thoroughly. He also expressed hope that Denyakin’s relatives will receive compensation. Denyakin had been working as a cook in a Hotel inPortsmouthfor the last two years. His younger brother has said the victim has never been involved in scandals and never been charged with administrative or criminal offences.