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About Nick Kochan

Nick Kochan is a writer specialising in the field of finance and financial crime. His publications include 'Gordon Brown: The First Year in Power', a biography of Gordon Brown as Chancellor of the Exchequer and 'The Washing Machine', a study of international money laundering.

Articles by Nick Kochan

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The split widens in the ruling family of Uzbekistan

Karimova under house arrest Dore Ryan.jpgHaving been accused of misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars, Gulnara Karimova is now under house arrest in Tashkent; one more indication of the schism that is splitting the ruling family.

Kazakh banking – devaluation, consolidation and bad loans

Kazakh banking is in a state of disarray, as banks assimilate the consequences of a recent 20% devaluation of the tenge. But there is also consolidation taking place, adding to the flux; and those bad loans…

Kazakhstan – the succession

President Nazarbayev has turned Kazakhstan into a Central Asian powerhouse. He is 73, and shows no sign of giving up the reins. But there are riches at stake, and people waiting in the wings.

Bank in the shadows

The collapse of Iceland's three major banks in 2008 put tremendous strain and $100billion worth of losses onto this island of 300,000 people. Nick Kochan writes on the ongoing and uncompromising national investigation into the crisis

4-Star Wars: flashpoint in Kyrgyzstan

Supplying fuel to the American government to keep military planes running into Afghanistan is a lucrative business. Involving as it does politics and politicians in desperately poor Kyrgyzstan, it is also a highly controversial one. Nick Kochan writes on the fuel contracts that have come to be viewed as issues of sovereignty for the new Kyrgyz government

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