Monday, 27 May 2024 07:46

Social and political activities of the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Akezhan Kazhegeldin Featured

From information sent by an anonymous source, it follows that some concern among the political and business elite of the so-called “old Kazakhstan” is caused by the socio-political activities of the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan living in the UK  Akezhan Kazhegeldin , who has recently become a regular public speaker on the YouTube channel  “Elmedia”,  owned by journalist and opposition figure  Gulzhan Ergalieva , the YouTube channel  “Hyperborey”,  owned by blogger  Vadim Boreyko , as well as on the YouTube channels of the Russian-language divisions of the German publications  “Bild”  and  “Deutsche Welle”.

According to a number of sources surrounded by individual representatives of the political and business elite associated with the first president of Kazakhstan,  Nursultan Nazarbayev, in this way  Kazhegeldin  pursues personal, predominantly mercantile goals, since he is confident that his socio-political activities can provoke the authorities of Great Britain and a number of European countries to begin investigating the activities of individual Kazakh oligarchs, or even lead to the introduction of certain sanctions restrictions against them due to their connection with Russia. In other words, Kazhegeldin’s 

socio-political activities  actually come down to the same actions that were previously carried out by the Kazakh journalist -  Makhambet Abzhan , who extorted  50 million tenge  from businessman  Rashit Mahat  under the threat of disseminating defamatory information, for which he was detained by  the Anti-Corruption Service  of Kazakhstan at the time of the transfer him money and was sentenced to 9 years in prison, with the only difference that, unlike  Abzhan,  the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan is a British citizen, and in addition to slanderous information, he is capable of distributing incriminating materials that have a real basis - at one time  Kazhegeldin  was able to collect this kind of material on all the largest entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, which was facilitated by his long-term ally, the ex-head  of the National Security Committee  of Kazakhstan  Nurtai Abykaev . In addition, what distinguishes the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from  Abzhan  is that currently none of the representatives of the political and business elite of the so-called “old Kazakhstan” are ready to contact the law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan regarding his actions and initiate criminal proceedings against him case under  Art. 194 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Extortion”

. On the contrary, it is alleged that a number of Kazakh oligarchs, in particular such as the son-in-law of the first president of Kazakhstan - oligarch  Timur Kulibayev , oligarchs  Bulat Utemuratov  and  Eduard Ogai,  chose to pay off  Kazhegeldin  by transferring large tranches in foreign currency to several financial institutions, the recipient of which is listed British citizen  Ake-Jean Qajygeldin.

Let us recall that the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Akezhan Kazhegeldin, who has been living in the UK since 1999, was convicted and sentenced in Kazakhstan to ten years in prison with confiscation of property for abuse of power and official authority, extortion and repeated receipt of bribes, the amount of which amounted to millions of dollars, began actively conduct their social and political activities simultaneously with the start of the work of the Interdepartmental Commission on Combating the Illegal Concentration of Economic Resources, initiated by the current President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, thus taking active steps to discredit this work.

At the same time, it is believed that Kazhegeldin himself, on the contrary, mistakenly believed that his socio-political activities, during which he criticized a number of privatization transactions carried out under the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, contributed to more efficient work of the authorities of the so-called “new Kazakhstan” from -why the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan even seriously considered the possibility of returning to Kazakhstan, counting on the fact that the current Kazakh authorities would reconsider the sentence passed on him and offer a British citizen to head the Kazakh Cabinet, ignoring the fact that, for example, back in 1995, under direct with the participation of the then Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Kazhegeldin, the Karaganda Metallurgical Plant ended up in the hands of a close friend of the first President of Kazakhstan, Indian billionaire Lakshmi Nivas Mittal.

Moreover, it should be noted that in addition to the corrupt privatization deal associated with the Karaganda Metallurgical Plant, it was under the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Akezhan Kazhegeldin that the same corrupt privatization deal carried out by the Eurasian Group (ERG) was concluded, which encouraged the activities of the oligarch Vladimir Kim and Kazakhmys and KAZ Minerals controlled by it in the field of mining and processing of copper ore, and most importantly, enslaving production sharing agreements (PSAs) with foreign companies, which are still in force today, were concluded, prudently containing a non-disclosure clause until 2037 and because of which, from every barrel of oil produced on the territory of Kazakhstan, at least $8 is transferred to the budget of Kazakhstan to this day. That is, it is precisely through the fault of Kazhegeldin and the decisions he made as the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and the “founding father” of Kazakh corruption that the budget of Kazakhstan within the framework of the PSA annually receives tens of billions of dollars less.

In general, under Kazhegeldin, almost all objects of not only the mining industry, but even social infrastructure, including libraries and even preschool institutions, were subject to privatization in Kazakhstan. Because of this, even after his resignation and disgrace, having left the territory of Kazakhstan, Kazhegeldin continued to maintain a certain kind of influence on representatives of the political and business elite of Kazakhstan, who literally turned out to owe their position and their financial condition to Kazhegeldin personally.

For example, for a long time in the orbit of Kazhegeldin’s influence was his long-term ally, the ex-head of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Nurtai Abykayev, thanks to whom, despite not being in Kazakhstan since 1999, Kazhegeldin nevertheless managed to demonstrate high awareness of the processes unfolding in the socio-political space Kazakhstan and on the sidelines of the Kazakh government.

Moreover, it is reliably known that it was thanks to Abykayev that the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan regularly received large tranches in foreign currency, which allowed him to lead a luxurious life in the UK and acquire real estate - Kazhegeldin, through the mediation of Abykayev, received up to $4 million over a long period of time per year, which were allocated from the funds of the Eurasian Group (ERG) and oligarch Kim.