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Swiss parliamentarians resist transparency

A former Swiss ambassador secretly lobbying for Kazakhstan’s interests inside the government building; or a Swedish arms factory’s nebulous attempt to influence Switzerland’s order for fighter jets: both cases have rekindled demands for more transparency in lobbying.

Mediapart

How Sarkozy’s former spy chief worked on behalf of Kazakhstan

On Wednesday March 4th, France’s top appeal court ruled that billionaire Kazakh opposition politician and former banker Mukhtar Ablyazov could be extradited over an alleged six-billion-euro fraud. Meanwhile, behind the scenes in this complex affair, a mysterious website has revealed a mass of emails hacked from Kazakhstan leaders.

Histoire et Liberte

Nazarbaev, your friend-dictator

After communism fell, the majority of the republics of the former Soviet Union developed according to a similar pattern. Due to the lack of truly democratic stable regimes, young leaders, who rose to power in those countries, after the independence period became autocrats, maintaining their positions by treating the electorate.

Leila Khrapunova. Expert Opinion.

“WANNA RIDE?”

Kok Zhailyau ski resort – a project of President’s daughter Dinara Kulibaeva.

Leila Khrapunova. Expert Opinion.

LIFE-GUARDSMEN OF NAZARBAEV

Agency for Fighting Corruption – a repressive machine guarding the interests of the main corruptionist of Kazakhstan.
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The New York Times

French Court Says Fugitive Kazakh Banker Can Be Extradited

PARIS — A French court ruled on Thursday that Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh businessman accused of embezzling as much as $6 billion from a Kazakh bank he once controlled, should be extradited to Ukraine or Russia to face fraud charges.

Financial Times

Deported family of fugitive Kazakh banker return to Rome

The wife and daughter of a fugitive Kazakh banker have arrived back in Rome seven months after they were arrested and wrongfully deported to Kazakhstan in a case that strained relations between the two countries and triggered a political furore in Italy’s coalition government.

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Kazakh envoys in Rome accused of kidnap

A daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh opposition activist, is to file a criminal complaint against three diplomats, accusing them of complicity in kidnapping his wife and six-year-old child in Italy.

Leila Khrapunova. Expert Opinion.

Corruption web of the Kazakh dictator N. Nazarbaev he weaves with Russian and Ukrainian assistance against Mukhtar Ablyazov and political opponents

Since 2010 there has been a lot of queer things connected with new circumstances and situations involving people, lawyers and relatives of Mukhtar Ablyazov. But we, people knowing the revengeful nature of President Nursultan Nazarbaev and self-willed mentality of his mature daughters Dariga, Dinara, Aliya, and his son-in-law Timur Kulibaev seeking satisfaction, clearly see the following.

Leila Khrapunova. Expert Opinion.

On Extradition of Kazakh Politician Mukhtar Ablyazov

To what extent the extradition of oppositional politician, banker Mukhtar Ablyazov, is necessary for Kazakhstan, what state interests of Kazakhstan may be guaranteed by Ablyazov’s coming to prison? Why does Nursultan Nazarbayev spend a lot of money from the state budget to achieve Mukhtar Ablyazov’s extradition, at least, to any of the CIS countries being members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization?

Viktor Khrapunov

Political Prisoner Mukhtar Ablyazov

On July 31, 2013 at 3 p.m. in France, not far from the town of Cannes, Mukhtar Ablyazov, ex-owner of Bank Turan Alem (BTA), principal political opponent to N. Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was detained by a special unit of France.

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UN condemns Italy’s deportation of mother and child

UN human rights experts have condemned Rome’s “unlawful ” deportations of the wife and child of a fugitive Kazakh dissident, saying the expulsions amount to an “extraordinary rendition” in a case that has threatened the stability of Italy’s coalition government.

Обращение Мадины Аблязовой

Call by Madina Ablyazova

Dear people of Kazakhstan! I appeal to you with a request to help me find the location of my mother Alma Shalabayeva and my six-year­-old sister Alua whom Kazakh secret services transported from Italy on May 31, 2013 by a charter flight.

Respublika - Спецслужбы выкрали семью Аблязова

The special forces kidnapped Abliazov’s family

Mukhtar Abliazov’s wife and little daughter were kidnapped from a Rome suburb and are being taken to Kazakhstan on a plane specially sent from Astana. This shocking message was posted by the politician on his Facebook page. His wife and 6-year-­old child are in danger!

Viktor Khrapunov

‘Tis the time’s plague; when madmen lead the blind

William Shakespeare

The follow-up to the answer given by Rashid Tusupbekov at an online conference organized by him made me analyze the current situation in Kazakhstan and Switzerland relating to my family; as a result, I wished to make the information I have public.

Respublika KZ

Every official is at risk of becoming a criminal

Every official serving in the administration of the President of Kazakhstan should clearly understand: he or she will be turned in when Nursultan Nazarbayev deems it convenient or necessary, according to Viktor Khrapunov in a “K Plus” interview.

Respublika KZ

“I don’t see a battle for power between the clans at all”

Last week, the French newspaper Le Monde wrote that Lake Geneva’s shores have become a stage for the fierce battle between two hostile Kazakh clans. According to the article’s author, Viktor Khrapunov and the current president of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev are engaged in a “war of damaging actions”.

Respublika KZ

Viktor Khrapunov talked about the murders of Zake and Alteke

After the notorious massacre on the Arkankergen border post, tragedies began happening so often that pretty much nobody believes they are occurring by chance. The former mayor of Almaty Viktor Khrapunov doesn’t believe in that, either. Judging from his interview for the K-plus TV channel, he knows who is behind the so called “incidents” with the border patrol Zamanbek Nurkadilov’s “suicide”, and Altynbek Sarsenbayev’s murder.

Еженедельная газета Рипаблик

Nazarbayev wants to transfer power to his oldest son?

Viktor Khrapunov forecasts that the members of the Shaprashty clan, the offspring of the “nation’s leader” from his first marriage, and the former ministers of foreign affairs will collide in the fight for power.

L'Agefi

The Case of Viktor Khrapunov

The former major of Almaty considers that the Kazakh president is trying to manipulate Swiss media and justice. He proclaims his good faith in an interview with L’Agefi.

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Press Release

The Khrapunov Family in the Sights of the Kazakh Dictatorship.

Respublika KZ

Nazarbayev’s Readings: Whose Praise Will Be the Biggest

In Astana, on the eve of the First President’s Day which the country will celebrate tomorrow, there was a competition between the leading masters of flattery, fawning, and boot-licking. The event was officially named “The First Nazarbayev Readings”.

Tages-Anzeiger

«The murders were a sign that we could be next»

Viktor Khrapunov, currently living in exile in Geneva and formerly an important political leader in Kazakhstan, is wanted by Interpol. In this interview, he speaks about the accusations of economic crimes, about his family’s wealth, and about his conflict with the Kazakhstani dictator.

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Presidential “Elections” in Kazakhstan

But can this properly be termed an election? President Noursoultan Nazarbaïev, in power since 1989, is running for a new presidential term and probably expects a score similar to that achieved in 2005, when he scored 91% of votes cast.