Pavel’s Interrupted Flight. Part 2

Part 2

Over to Manual Mode

Why is it Pavel and no other name? Because as early as in December 1986, a notorious year for the entire Kazakhstan, Rakhat Aliev, aged 24 back then, a student of the Moscow State Medical Institute, was recruited by the Committee of State Security of the USSR.

It happened long ago, in 1986, when few people paid attention to a common student. It was the time when he became a part-time servant of the KGB. And as documents were executed to formalize Rakhat Mukhtarovich’s voluntary cooperation, and were signed by him in Moscow, he was dubbed Pavel, and this nom de guerre ensured R.Aliev’s successful graduation from the Moscow University, and many other successes of his.

Clearly, after the USSR fell apart, everyone got on with their lives in the new reality – in their sovereign republics, they started using their own national currency, and calling themselves citizens of their country of residence. Many people tried to forget the Soviet era that had ended. R.Aliev also was trying to forget it, so that his relatives, friends and loved ones wouldn’t become aware of his pseudonym.

But, as it is well known, you can’t hide a cat in a bag. And this saying was proven in practice in this case. It is sufficient to recall that R.Aliev until recently was a general-major of the CNS. Of course, this is not the KGB, but within Kazakhstan the committee of national security may be deemed as KGB’s successor. Although many affirm that our famous hero became a general due to his relations, however, one can state rather firmly that his KGB-ist past also played a defining part in this process. They say that there are no former KGB officers, which has a direct relation to our hero, who became a servant due to the recruiting of the 6th section of the 2nd Principal Directorate of the KGB.

We cannot say for sure that Pavel was simply left to his own devices. Moreover, we need to analyze another version of the activity of Pavel, KGB agent, being closely monitored by the Federal Security Service of the neighboring country. And in our case there’s no need to look hard for examples, it is sufficient to look at Pavel’s actions in the context of compared historic events occurred in Kazakhstan and Russia.

If, for instance, we analyze the times when our hero’s power were at their top, then we’ll see that it coincides with the period when the members of the “Petersburg Group” led by then-President Vladimir Putin started moving en masse to Moscow. It is no secret that a significant number of them were and are acting agents of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor of the Soviet KGB.

It was then (in 2003 to 2006) when the campaign against the Russian oligarchs started on the initiative of V.Putin. And one of the most important parts back then was played by the law enforcement authorities, including the FSB.

And at the same time the showdowns started in Kazakhstan as well, with the participation of the same law enforcement authorities, but with a somewhat different abbreviation. What is common in both cases is the subject of operative measures – the business leaders who made their fortunes during the USSR breaking-down by using their family, service, and other connections.

Why R.Aliev wasn’t supported by other structures is yet an unanswered question. So is the other question – are those really parallel processes, or the Kazakh Pavel decided to quit from the Committee and use the situation in his own, purely personal (vested) interests. Maybe this is why he was unable to make his plan work as the “bureau” does not forgive its servants for treason.

But one cannot turn back the time, so the failure of property redistribution, and the wave of manifests from the independent media that followed became the beginning of the fall of the President’s older son-in-law. One must give credit to the current KGB agent of the already inexistent country – even when being in such a dubious situation, R.Aliev was continuing to look for examples to follow in order to get out of that situation. And the only good decision was the opening by R.Aliev of the so-called second front.

Rakhat Mukhtarovich rather justly believed that if you become the subject of close attention of many media well-known in the country, you have to plan your actions in order to affirm yourself in the eyes of these very national mass media. And here – with excellent timing – a book called Ice-Breaker, written by a KGB agent and known to a wide circle of USSR readers, caught our hero’s eye. The book, which became literally a world-famous bestseller, helped Suvorov change from a professional KGB intelligence officer into a political prisoner of the system who tried to fight it and failed in this battle.

“Why not then, after all, we have to learn from our Moscow colleagues’ experience”, argued R.Aliev, rather rightfully, and the process started. By kindling the readers’ interest to his work, R.Aliev ensured information leaks, due to which some media started printing fragments from the so-called documentary novel “Godfather-in-law”.

And the history has shown that the bet on the writing and publishing of a book about the current Kazakhstani system played its part. Even now many believe that R.Aliev is the Kazakh counterpart of Suvorov, who also was a KGB agent.

This is a very familiar picture – KGB agents starting to write their books and getting the longed-for fame, which, however, is of a somewhat limited nature. No doubt, both in the first case (Suvorov) and in the second case (Aliev) the books were written not by the persons whose names were on the covers of their “works”, but the so-called “field hands of literature” (authors who write on demand for other people).

But Rakhat Mukhtarovich failed to take into account that such publications at first make their “authors” famous, but then the emotions move over to make room for cold reason that breaks down literally all of the declarations made about the president’s family and the country authorities’ governing methods.

Clearly, an unhealthy excitement is being created now, given the half-legal circulation of R.Aliev’s book on the Kazakhstan territory. For all that, as soon as the readers gain access to the book, they are bound to take with skepticism all the facts stated in the book. Because when everybody knows that the ex-general-major of the KGB cannot put two words together in a sentence, all the theatricality of the publishing process becomes evident. And this leads to the rhetorical question about the accuracy of the material discussed in the book.

As is well known, in a year after Suvorov’s book was published, he was completely forgotten – the journalists of world-famous media stopped badgering him and requesting interviews, and he is presently living with nothing more than the state pension. The fact that our Pavel is up to the same fate is doubtless. But there is one thing difficult to understand – why is he trying to copy his Russian colleague in all of his actions as the end is both obvious and tangible. Although, maybe the thing is that the heads of the Russian FSB, which was and is an active participant of the events involving both Suvorov and Aliev, have their own plans where the agents in question didn’t play their final parts yet…

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