The Aliyev files: new plot against Kazakhstan?

Has money embezzled by Kazakhstan’s champion banker/swindler Mukhtar Ablyazov and (in particular) his peer Rakhat Aliyev whose misdeeds extent to multiple murder and putsch attempt, and now on the run but under reluctant investigation by Maltese authorities, been funneled to extreme-right groups formed with the aim to undermine the formation of the Eurasia Economic Union? Evidence now suggests that Aliyev in parituclar must have been all too privy to the unrest spread in Ukraine that led to the coup in February this year – clearly in the hope to undermine Kazakhstan and seize power in a similar manner with the help of US and European political conspirators. The recent brief arrest by Maltese authorities of a Ukrainian agitation leader against the previous regime of Ukraine has been an eye opener in this direction, which for Kazakhstan could be immensely dangerous indeed.

BY CHARLES VAN DER LEEUW, WRITER, NEWS ANALYST

The Aliyev files: new plot against Kazakhstan?“It is very much likely that the deputy head of the Kazakh secret service Rakhat Aliyev left Malta on a private plane,” The Malta Independent [http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-05-05/news/very-much-likely-that-aliyev-left-malta-on-a-private-plane-4861231110] wrote in an article published on May 5, quoting police inspector Raymond Aquilina, apparently in charge of the case, as telling the Court of Magistrates. “The Inspector also said that  the main airlines operating from Malta had ruled out that any member of Aliyev’s family had used their services to travel to or from the island. […] Narodetsky and said that journalist had in the past years resided in an apartment at Pendergardens which was leased to Shorazova. […] Further investigations led the police to believe that a number of residences are  in the process of being placed on the market for lease or sale. The apartment at Fort Cambridge is neither finished nor furnished. At the end of the sitting both the prosecution and the defence declared they have no further witnesses to present concerning the issue of jurisdiction. However Dr Donatella Frendo Dimech, on behalf of the AG declared that the documents submitted by the defence are inadmissible because they do not follow procedure. The defence claimed he could regularise his position in two days. Magistrate Aaron Bugeja, gave the defence two weeks to file their submissions and re-exhibit the documents. The court will continue hearing the case on May 19.”

However, in a report published the same day, MaltaToday [http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/38644/
aliyev_associate_arrested_over_money_laundering_investigation#.U2uBYUoo7IU] gives a slightly different version of the story. According to the paper, the “journalist” has only talked after having been put under arrest. “A journalist and former director of Radio Free Europe in Kiev was arrested in connection with criminal investigations that have led to the freezing of assets of Kazakh exile and multi-millionaire Rakhat Aliyev,” the article reads. “American citizen Alexander Narodetsky, who owns a 1% shareholding in the company Bongu Media Malta, was questioned by Maltese police over a series of transfers the company made to Elnara Shorazova, the wife of Aliyev. According to sources privy to the investigation on the financial affairs of Aliyev, who is believed to be no longer living in Malta, Narodetsky was questioned over the transfer of some €938,000 from the company Bongu Media Malta, to Shorazova’s personal account. […] Bongu Media Malta is 99% owned by Narodetsky’s wife Kathleen, according to company records. Along with another company, Malta Press Agency, it is based at an address at Pendergardens in St Julian’s. Both firms have had their assets frozen by order of a Maltese court, on the strength of the money laundering investigation against Aliyev. The Criminal Court issued the freezing order on the assets owned by Aliyev, 52, and his Austrian wife Elnara Shorazova, prohibiting the couple and their companies from transferring or disposing of any movable or immovable property.”

Though focusing on a different issue, the court hearings have already shed a bit more light on Aliyev’s multi-hundred- million, and possibly multi-billion, embezzlements of Kazakh funds through diversion and extortion. “Another company whose assets have been frozen are Olympic Yachting Limited – possibly used as the owner of his personal yacht – whose shareholder is Ganado Trustees & Fiduciaries,” the article reads further down. “Other companies with their assets frozen are AJ Trust, Sydney Trust, and Athina Trust of Malta; and Acquarius Trust Company Limited and Aurelius Holdings Limited of Gibraltar; and EDS Holdings Ltds and Crimson Limited. Berlin lawyers Danckert Spiller Richter Bärlein, acting on behalf of the Kazakh ministry of justice, claim Aliyev has shifted to Malta over €100 million in alleged “criminal gains” during his time as deputy head of the Kazakh secret service.” But the financial scheme only comes out in more detail through a series of court hearings concerning “a police challenge in court, filed by two Kazakh nationals who want the Maltese courts to force the Commissioner of Police to start investigations on their allegations that they were tortured on Aliyev’s orders,” in the paper’s words. “ Satzhev Ibraev and Pyotr Afanasenko claim they were tortured on order of Aliyev in 2001, and personally beaten by him, to extract a false confession that their boss, former prime minister Akezhan Kazhegeldin, was plotting a coup against Aliyev’s father-in-law. […]  Their lawyer says that Article 139A of the Criminal Code is clear about what torture constitutions. The law was introduced in the Criminal Code in 1990, when Malta ratified the Convention Against Torture, which lays an obligation on member states to prosecute torture, even if committed outside Malta.”

Rakhat Aliyev’s schemes betray not just a ruthless character stopping at nothing where it comes to enriching himself and getting Kazakhstan under his personal control. It is only with Ukraine’s mishaps that the context in which he has acted, and keeps acting, is gradually becoming clear. Thus, in a background article [http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/ukraine-lies-propaganda-west-age-20145384527678726.html] published by Al-Jazeera on May 4 headed

”Ukraine: Lies, propaganda and the West’s agenda”, London-based journalist Alastair Sloan sheds some light on the political content of the Ukraine affair.

In a separate report posted on May 5 [http://www.opednews.com/articles/Part-One-The-Propaganda-W-by-Walter-Uhler-Group-Think_Media-New-York-Times_New-York-Times_Propaganda-Wars-140507-791.html OpEdNews Op Eds 5/7/2014 at 22:43:12] another authord by the name of Walter Uhler focuses on a certain Oleh Tiahnybok, a name which brings us closer to Rakhat Aliyev. “Mr. Tiahnybok is the leader of “Svoboda,” a right-wing party that captured 38 seats and 10 percent of the vote in the last parliamentary elections and played a significant role in the violent overthrow of President Yanukovych,” the report reads. Nevertheless, the New York Times on May 6 this year generously offered its columns to the inheritor of Hitler’s fifth-columnists in Ukraine and an open admirer of them.”

“[US Secretary of State John] Kerry has called Ukraine an ‘incredible act of aggression’, conveniently ignoring drone strikes, the Iraq War, and the numerous illegal coups the US has pulled off since World War II,” Al-Jazeera’s article reads. “Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the argument in March that Putin is “trying to re-establish Russian influence and a measure of control over the former states of the Soviet Union”. All this deceitful moralising, as well as attempts to classify Putin’s putsch in Crimea as some grandiose geopolitical strategy, ignores two crucial realities about this crisis. The first is that Putin is acting out of political desperation. The second is that the West has been no saint in this crisis, and it may even have caused it.”

This is exactly where the names of Rakhat Aliyev and the likes of him fit in. “Fast-paced but accurate investigative journalism by the American writer Steve Weissman has revealed how in the months and even years running up to Euromaidan, US money had been vociferously funding anti-Yanukovich political activities in Ukraine,” the article reads further down. “Shadowy think-tanks linked to the US State Department have funded over 80 “pro-democracy” projects in Ukraine, as well as almost completely funding an opposition TV station.” Bingo: that broadcasting station used to be, and possibly still is, under the control of Rakhat Aliyev’s “stay-behind” henchman on Malta – which explains Aliyev’s zeal to portray himself as a “persecuted” political idealist in his country of origin rather than the common thief, murderer and conspirator he really is. His methods in store in case he would return to seize power? What happened in Odessa on May 2 this year suggest more than enough – and also shed ample light on the kind of company he finds himself in.

“What took place in Odessa on May 2 is ‘typical fascism’ and ‘we will pursue the truth’,” Russia Today quoted foreign minister Sergey Lavrov as saying during a ceremony commemorating the fallen heroes of WWII at the Ministry on Wednesday last week. “Russia will not permit last Friday’s events to be swept under the rug,” the foreign minister was further quoted as declaring. “In his view, all witness accounts point to how the scale of the tragedy has been greatly under-reported. Lavrov went on to say that the upcoming Victory Day is a good occasion for Russians not only to remember their past, but to not forget that the country has a ‘duty not to allow fascism to spread throughout Europe and the world at large’. The Russian FM spoke about how, for some time now, Europe has been very selective in its judgment of such ideologies, sometimes simply ‘ignoring’ telltale signs, some of which have included all-out marches commemorating the fighters of the SS.”

The “selective” news interpretations have been expressed for a long time in western media’s support for Aliyev, Ablyazov and others of their kind as Kazakh “opposition leaders”. Now, the relations between tycoons and ultra-right elements is getting to the surface – it should not be forgotten that Germany’s industry tycoons had more than just a hand in bringing Adolf Hitler to power back in the 1930s. Today in Ukraine, the pattern returns and this is a severe warning to Kazakhstan: if nothing is done to stop it, it could happen here as well.

“Some 4,000 combatants supporting the Kiev authorities have been brought into Odessa, Itar-Tass quoted Georgy Fyodorov, the deputy head of the Russian Civic Chamber’s Committee for Coordination of Aid to Residents of Ukraine in a report [http://en.itar-tass.com/world/730770] published on May 7. “Very alarming reports are coming in from our friends in Odessa,” he said. “They suggest that control over the city has practically shifted to (tycoon Ihor) Kolomoisky because Igor Palitsya, the new governor of the Odessa region, is his henchman.” “Unfortunately, we have reports that armed militants of the Right Sector, fighters of the Dnipr and Kyiv-1 special task force battalions, and ultras of the FC Dnipro have been brought into the city and the overall number of the combatants propping up the Kiev regime exceeds 4,000 there now,” Fyodorov said. “The most dangerous thing is that local police have handed them the lists of the pro-federation movement activists,” he said. “In addition, we have the information the whole city is blocked by checkpoints and traffic inside is practically paralysed.”

So where do the names of Rakhat Aliyev, Mukhtar Ablyazov and the Khrapunov couple, just to mention a few, fit in? For this, just a grab into a continuous flow of provocations says it all. Thus, in an article published on the opinion page of The Moscow Times on May 4  [http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/kazakhstan-may-be-the-next-ukraine/499376.html], an American propagandist by the name of Richard Lourie takes all the neo-Cold-War rhetoric off the shelf. “Though the final outcome of the Ukrainian crisis is uncertain, two things are already clear. Russia has revealed itself as non-Western, if not anti-Western,” the article reads. “When push comes to shove, Russia will not play by the rules of the West because it does not see the world as the West does. In Putin’s Darwinian mind, the drift of Ukraine into the Western camp would complete NATO’s encirclement of Russia, which, from the survival point of view, is inadmissible.”

But the opportunities for the USA and its European servants do not end there – if it is up to the provocative author, that is. “What Russia learned in Ukraine is that a good-sized piece of a country can be sliced off if it has a high percentage of Russian speakers and if they express their will for annexation in a referendum,” the article reads further below. “The Ukrainian template fits nicely onto Kazakhstan. That country is rich in resources and sparsely populated — 17 million. Twenty five percent of the population are Russian, a number which reaches 50 percent in the northern and northeastern parts of the country. When envisioning a post-Soviet Russia, Alexander Solzhenitsyn posited a new state formed of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Northern Kazakhstan called ‘southern Siberia’. Kazakhstan’s limited military forces of some 70,000 would not offer significant resistance to Russia. Seizing their ‘rightful’ portion of Kazakhstan would bring Russia great riches and enormous geopolitical advantages.”

What is clearly being meant to say here is that the “Russian threat” would be the perfect excuse for America’s war engineers and their European puppets to pop in and use the likes of Aliyev and  Ablyazov to install their puppet regime – not unlike the manner in which they used to put their bloodthirsty lackeys in power in Latin America and southeast Asia. Yearning for those good old days, the author moans: “The U.S. is pretty much the odd man out in the new Great Game. Under Russian pressure, the U.S. is being expelled from its last foothold in Central Asia, the Manas air base it has rented outside the Kyrgyz capital. That base had been used to ferry men and materiel to and from Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz government simply refused to renegotiate terms. And so the army of the richest nation on earth will exit Central Asia under the inglorious banner: LOST OUR LEASE. Now the U.S. is shopping around Central Asia for a place from which to launch drone attacks after the year-end pullout from Afghanistan. The contrast with Russia could not be starker. Moscow has found its way again in Central Asia on a road that leads straight from Kiev to Kazakhstan. It now has a strategic imperative.”

So why, with the eventual use of Aliyev, Ablyazov and a handful of others, are the US warmongers and their European mouthpieces advocating, if not virtually inviting the Russian Federation to annex part, if not all, of Kazakhstan? The policy of “dirty diplomacy” reminds one all too well of the way America virtually invited Iraq to invade Kuwait at the time – with the finally fulfilled aim to lay its hands on both countries’ oil reserves. Laying its hands on Kazakhstan’s oil reserves, if only with the purpose of keeping it out of the market to protect domestic fracked hydrocarbons, and most of all its deposits of uranium, of which the USA can expect acute shortages only years from now, can be the only explanation for the way a greed-driven economy such as that of America is moving ahead. And the obvious ride to get there is on the back of Rakhat Aliyev and similar “opposition” figureheads. But as we shall see, the salldes have been ready to be mounted a much longer time ago than many today tend to realise… (to be continued)

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