08ASTANA362, KAZAKHSTAN: 2007 INL END USE MONITORING REPORT

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08ASTANA362 2008-02-22 09:17 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ASTANA 000362 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL/AAE (BALABANIAN), INL/C, SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR KCOR KCRM PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: 2007 INL END USE MONITORING REPORT 
 
ASTANA 00000362  001.2 OF 003 
 
 
1.  In 2007, Post provided equipment to GOK institutions throughout 
Kazakhstan.  These include the Statistics Committee of the 
Procurator General's Office, the Ministry of the Interior's 
Committee on Combating Narcotics, the Legal Institute of the 
Ministry of the Interior, Border Guard Service of the Committee for 
National Security, and the Military Institute of the Committee for 
National Security.  Over the course of the year, Post conducted End 
Use Monitoring of the equipment in conjunction with separate 
programs such as training events, site visits, and follow up trips. 
 
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STATUS 
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COMPUTER EQUIPMENT 
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2.  As part of the program to improve collection and analysis of 
crime statistics, post purchased 62 computers with printers, two 
color printers, and four notebook computers for the Criminal 
Statistics Division of the Procurator General's Office (PGO) on 
October 1, 2004.  On March 17, 2007, an INL program manager 
conducted end-use monitoring at the PGO's Kokshetau (Northern 
Kazakhstan) Oblast Department and confirmed that the computer 
transferred in 2004 was in place and being used by an employee of 
the Statistics Department for collection of criminal statistics. 
The monitor, processor and printer were in good condition.  During 
an elections monitoring trip on August 20, an INL program manager 
conducted end-use monitoring of computers in the Taraz and Zhambyl 
oblasts.  All equipment was in good condition and being used. 
 
3.  Upon completion of renovation of the Saryagash Border Guard 
Training Classroom in October 2006, office equipment and furniture 
was delivered to the training classroom.  An INL team conducted 
end-use monitoring during the Advanced Training on Improved Border 
Inspection conducted in April 2007.  Fourteen computers provided for 
the classroom were checked and they were operating.  The trainers 
extensively used the 15th computer for showing presentations and 
video.  The furniture was in good condition and other equipment, 
including a digital video camera and TV, were also used during the 
training. 
 
4.  Within the Anti Trafficking in Persons project, Post is 
strengthening the Study Center on Combating Illegal Migration and 
Trafficking in Persons of the Karaganda Law Institute of the 
Ministry of Internal Affairs (Anti-TIP Center).  Along with training 
for law-enforcement officers, Post provided furniture and equipment 
to the Anti-TIP Center.  Office equipment delivered to the training 
center includes two computers, two notebooks, one printer, one 
scanner, one projector and one projector screen.  Post conducted 
end-use monitoring on February 8, 2008.  All equipment is being used 
and in good working condition. 
 
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VEHICLES 
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5.  On February 8-9, 2007, Post, jointly with IOM as implementing 
organization, conducted the follow-up trip to the checkpoints on the 
Kazakhstani-Uzbek border.  During the follow-up trip, the INL 
representative also conducted end-use monitoring of the 4WD UAZ 
minivans transferred to four border guard checkpoints during the IOM 
project in 2006.  The checkpoints are Zhibek Zholy, Kazygurt, Tole 
bi and Gani Muratbayeva.  The heads of the checkpoints confirmed 
that the vehicles are used to transport both border guards and 
equipment.  The vehicles are also used to respond to border 
incidents. 
 
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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT 
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6.  During the "Enhancing Immigration Inspection and Border Control 
on the Land Border of Kazakhstan with Uzbekistan" project 
implemented by IOM, INL funded renovations and purchased equipment 
for a training classroom at Saryagash Border Control Division 
(Kazakhstani-Uzbek Border) in 2006.  IOM hired a local construction 
company to do all necessary renovations, which included replacement 
of windows, installation of doorways, and replacement of linoleum 
flooring.  An INL team visited the classroom during the INL Desk 
Officer's visit in March 2007.  The classroom was fully equipped for 
training. 
 
7.  In July 2005, Post provided an inspection hangar to the MVD's 
Committee on Combating Narcotics for use at the Ulken 
counter-narcotics checkpoint that was completed in 2005.  On January 
18, 2006, an INL team traveled to Ulken and discovered that the 
inspection pit was not properly constructed and the soil used was 
not satisfactory.  On December 5, 2007, an INL program manager 
 
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visited the Ulken checkpoint during the assessment of six internal 
"Rubezh-Narkotiki" checkpoints and saw that a new inspection pit had 
been built and the inspection hangar moved.  The new inspection pit 
was properly built and being used for inspection of vehicles and 
trucks. 
 
8.  As part of the INL project to i
mprove border security, INL 
funded the renovation of a classroom at the Military Institute of 
the Committee for National Security.  During the visit of the Head 
of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy, INL was able to inspect the 
classroom, which had been well renovated.  The Military Institute 
has asked to provide showcases for equipment which has been 
transferred by international organizations, including INL, for 
training purposes. 
 
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LABORATORY EQUIPMENT 
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9.  To enable the GOK to analyze suspected narcotics in a 
scientific, legally defensible process that will produce admissible 
evidence, Post upgraded the equipment at the Almaty Forensic 
Laboratory of the Ministry of Justice.  INL purchased infrared 
spectrometer and gas chromatograph, scales, and a digital camera. 
An INL program manager met with the Head of the National Lab on 
April 28 to conduct end-use monitoring of the equipment and 
furniture.  The gas chromatograph was in place and was effectively 
used by the employees of the lab.  The Director of the lab said that 
law enforcement officers bring in an average of 15 to 20 materials, 
of which 5 to 7 are found to be drugs.  According to the Director, 
the detector of the first gas chromatograph transferred by INL in 
2003 was broken and had not properly functioned for more than a 
year.  The cost to replace the detector is approximately $6,000. 
 
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OTHER EQUIPMENT 
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10.  In support of the Anti-TIP Center, INL provided office 
furniture and furnished a dormitory in 2007.  INL purchased standard 
sets of furniture for bedrooms and kitchens so that officers in 
training from different cities of Kazakhstan can stay at the Center. 
 Participants can only begin using the dormitory after the official 
opening of the center.  INL program manager conducted end-use 
monitoring of the furniture, household goods, and visual aids 
transferred to the dormitory on February 5, 2008. 
 
11.  During the delivery of additional equipment to "Aul" and 
"Zhezkent" border checkpoints located on the Kazakhstani-Russian 
Border, an INL team received information from the border guards 
working at those checkpoints that equipment delivered in 2005 was 
very useful in the detection of drugs.  The endoscopes were used to 
examine the gas tanks and border guards were able to find drugs 
hidden in inaccessible places. 
 
12.  In 2007, INL transferred a digital language laboratory to the 
Financial Police Academy.  The lab includes an instructor's 
terminal, 15 terminals for students, an instructor's computer, one 
multimedia centralized control system, 15 tables with divisions, 15 
monitors, 16 pairs of headphones, and accessories.  The manager of 
the language lab at the Academy received training on the use of the 
lab; however, due to the fact that the manager left the Academy, the 
staff needs additional training.  Post will make ensure that the 
staff of the Academy receives proper training. 
 
13.  In September 2005, INL and the Canine Enforcement Program of 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) co-sponsored an exchange of 
puppies between the U.S. Canine Training Center and the Kazakhstani 
Customs Canine Center with the goal of more effectively interdicting 
the flow of narcotics.  In June 2007, Post conducted end-use 
monitoring of the dogs.  One of the dogs was at the Canine Training 
Center going through a regular medical examination and another was 
serving on the Kazakhstani-Russian border.  The Head of the Customs 
Canine Center said that dogs have been working well. 
 
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PROBLEMS 
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14.  The GOK cooperated with INL in end-use monitoring monitoring. 
However, due to the immense size of Kazakshtan, Post was unable to 
check each piece of equipment provided to agencies in different 
regions. 
 
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IMPACT 
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15.  The Statistics Division of the Procurator General's Office: 
The computers transferred to different regions in 2004 were the 
 
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initial part of the project.  Another 146 computers were transferred 
to other remote villages and towns.  The employees of statistics 
divisions no longer need to submit paper copies of crime statistics. 
 The GOK plans to provide an internet network for all statistics to 
be transferred directly to the oblast and central levels. 
 
16.  The National Laboratory of Narcotics Control, Forensics Science 
Center of the Ministry of Justice:  As many as twenty samples a day 
can be processed by the lab with the available equipment.  Post 
hopes that with the new liquid chromatograph being delivered in 
2008, the forensics experts will increase their capacity to resolve 
criminal investigations through forensic analysis of evidence. 
 
17. The Committee on Combating Drugs of the Ministry of Internal 
Affairs (MVD):  The hangar at the Ulken "Rubezh-Narkotiki" 
checkpoint allows detailed inspection of vehicles in severe weather 
conditions.  MVD told Post that the highest seizures of drugs are 
registered at the Ulken and Syrdarya posts. In 2006, police working 
at Ulken seized five kilos of heroin and, during the first ten 
months of 2007, seized more than two kilos of heroin.  The next step 
for strengthening the "Rubezh-Narkotiki" checkpoints is to provide 
training and communications equipment. 
 
18.  Financial Police Academy in Astana:  As soon as the language 
lab is working at full capacity, the Financial Police Academy will 
be able to improve the English language skills of its cadets, who 
will be able to participate in training at law enforcement 
institutions abroad to improve their financial crime detection and 
investigation skills. 
 
19.  Karaganda Legal Institute, Anti Trafficking in Persons Study 
Center:  The Anti-TIP Study Center is used to provide training for 
migration police and MVD officers.  During each cycle of training, 
approximately 30 students are enrolled.  In 2007, Post conducted 
four training events and trained 77 law-enforcement officers, 
including migration and criminal police.  Post will continue 
conducting training at the Anti-TIP Study Center. 
 
20.  Border Guard Service of the Committee for National Security: 
The relationship with the Border Guard Service has continued to 
improve.  INL provided equipment to the Kazakhstani-Uzbek, 
Kazakhstani-Kyrgyz, Kazakhstani-Turkmen and Kazakhstani-Russian 
borders.  Equipment provided helps border guards to detect drugs and 
other contraband.  The visit of the Deputy Director of the Border 
Guard Service to the in November 2007 resulted in plans for 
cooperation in the areas of border protection and combating drugs. 
 
21.  The Military Institute of the Committee for Nat
ional Security: 
The relationship with the Military Institute was initiated on March 
10, 2006.  In June 2006, Post provided samples of equipment 
purchased for use on the border.  In November 2006, Post conducted 
Identification of Fraudulent Documents and Detection of Drugs 
training for 34 cadets of the Institute.  From May 17 to 26, the 
Head of the Military Institute visited various U.S. Government 
Agencies and the U.S. Border Patrol Academy, which resulted in an 
invitation to the Head of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy to visit 
Kazakhstan, which took place in September 2007.  The professional 
relationship has been firmly established between the two institutes. 
 As a result, two graduate of the Military Institute were invited to 
take part in a four-month training course in Artesia, New Mexico. 
Post will continue working with the Institute.  In March 2008, the 
Military Institute will receive a language lab which will help to 
improve the language skills of cadets and trainers. 
 
 
ORDWAY

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