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Law & Legal 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.



On September 19, Acting President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev signed a new version of the law of the republic “On protection and use of wildlife.” The document was adopted by the lower house of parliament on July 21, and then approved by the upper house on August 24.


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.



On August 25, the lower house of the Tajik Parliament approved the draft law that provides amnesty to some categories of convicted defendants, accused and suspects of crimes, which had been put forward by President Emomali Rahmon on August 17. According to the press service of the republic's parliament, the new law will be the fifteenth of its kind in the years of Tajikistan's independence. It will be applied to 12,000 people, of which about 3,000 people will be released from prisons, and more than 4,000 people will be exempt from non-custodial sentences.


On August 24, the upper house of the Uzbek parliament (the Senate) approved the new draft law “On internal affairs,” which legislates objectives and principles of the Uzbek militia's activities. Thus, police officers are now tasked to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens of the republic, their legitimate interests, public safety and public order, as well as the property of individuals and legal entities. This law will come into force six months after it is signed by the president and published in the local media.



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 mid-August, Kyrgyzstan will bring into force a law to introduce a stricter liability for extremist and terrorist activities. Head of State Almazbek Atambayev signed it on August 4.