Vitol, the king of oil in Kazakhstan

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Dangerous liaisons and opaque set-ups – how Vitol became king of oil in Kazakhstan

Dangerous liaisons and opaque set-ups – how Vitol became king of oil in Kazakhstan

The world’s largest private oil trader has become a major player in Kazakhstan. In 2014, Vitol sold nearly a quarter of crude earmarked for export; it then obtained access to the biggest oil fields in the country. What’s the recipe for such success? A Public Eye investigation reveals that Vitol associated itself with individuals close to the ruling powers via a discreet joint venture which handled billion-dollar contracts. Exclusive documents show that the president’s son-in-law, Timur Kulibayev, indirectly benefitted from this lucrative partnership. …»

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Syngenta’s alternative facts

Syngenta’s alternative facts

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A Syngenta pesticide produced in Switzerland is implicated in deadly poisonings in India

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