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Law & Legal Issues, Kazakhstan


On April 25, the Kazakh government approved a package of amendments to the current national legislation made in connection with the changes to the Constitution. Among other things, there was unanimously adopted the draft law stipulating the procedure for the deprivation of citizenship as an additional form of criminal punishment. Minister of Justice of the Republic Marat Beketayev reported this news in an interview with the media.


The deputies of the upper chamber of the Kazakh parliament (Senate) have returned the draft law on collection activities for revision and finalization to the lower chamber (Majilis). In the course of the discussion, taking into account the proposals and comments of the Senate committees, it became necessary to amend the draft law that had been approved by the Majilis. In addition, the senators returned another related draft law to the lower chamber. It provides for the introduction of changes and additions into some legislative acts of Kazakhstan related to collection issues.


Kazakhstan may reduce the amount of penalties for more than 150 administrative offenses. Minister of Justice Marat Beketayev announced the news, citing the words of President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the need to humanize the national criminal and administrative law. His words also imply that the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the interested state bodies, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken” and non-governmental organizations have developed a draft law providing for the introduction of amendments to the Code of Kazakhstan on administrative offenses.


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a law on making a number of amendments and additions to some legislative acts related to the issues of combating terrorism and extremism. According to the press service of the head of state, the purpose of this document is to improve the national legislation in the fields of combating extremism and terrorism, arms trafficking, as well as in the field of migration management.



President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the amendments to the existing legislation of Kazakhstan that provide for extension of the moratorium on certain provisions of the Land Code until 2021. According to the press service of the President, there is also suspended the effectiveness of the law “On introduction of a number of changes and additions to the Land Code of Kazakhstan,” which was adopted on November 2, 2015.


The National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan “Atameken” expresses its concern about the instability of the national legislation, which is constantly undergoing various changes. Deputy chairman of the Chamber Rustam Zhursunov made this statement during the recent ninth Almaty-based Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers, which was devoted to the theme “Legal protection of business in times of turbulence.” In this regard, the NCE suggests changing the system of state planning and approving a medium-term fiscal policy, as it was prior to 2008.



The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan has proposed to tighten the country's rules and requirements to possession of hunting weapons by citizens. Deputy Interior Minister Rashid Zhakupov presented the new draft law “On introduction of changes and additions to some legislative acts on countering terrorism and extremism.” In particular, as part of mandatory control in the territory of Kazakhstan, it is proposed to introduce a ban on long-barreled rifled firearms and ammunition with a caliber greater than the established figure.



Valeria Kvasina, who lives in Karaganda and is the mother of three children, has lost a large sum of money in a casino, which she received from an unsuspecting friend. Since one of the three children of this unlucky fan of gambling is a young child, the sentence has been suspended. In total, Kvasina is to serve 5 years in prison.


Kvasina Valeria lived in the same house as entrepreneur Askar Sabirov, who was engaged in car sales. Once he helped Valeria to pick up her car from the pound parking lot, and then Sabirov and Kvasina became closer.



In the lower house of Kazakhstan's parliament, the Communist Party (CPPK) deputies have put forward the proposal to restrict the activities of companies engaged in network marketing in the territory of the republic. “In our country, network marketing companies have been year after year developing the so-called MLM. The more such activities expand, the more our people suffer. The network marketing is a concept for sales of various goods and services, and this process is based on creation of a network of independent distributors.


On April 19, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the law “On lotteries and lottery activity.” This document clearly defines the procedure and conditions of lotteries, determines the rights and responsibilities of the lottery regulator, its functions including the monitoring of execution of the republic's gambling legislation. The document also identifies the obligations of lottery operators in terms of transparent and objective formation of prize funds. It also designates the requirements for lottery tickets, checks and receipts.