Prince Andrew Acted As A Fixer For A Foreign Consortium In Corrupt Kazakhstan
The emails show that in April 2011 he used his relationship with the Kazakh oligarch Kenges Rakishev to quietly help a Greek utility firm and a Swiss finance house bid for infrastructure contracts.
The companies wanted to build water and sewage networks in two of Kazakhstan’s largest cities and had turned to Prince Andrew for help.
Mr Rakishev quickly arranged meetings in Kazakhstan for the boss of EYDAP and its Swiss financiers with the mayors of Astana and Almaty along with representatives of local water authorities.
For his role, Prince Andrew was to be offered a commission fee of 1 per cent – or around £3.83million, a source at the water firm has revealed. In the event, the deal fell apart when, in late 2011, Kazakh police opened fire on a group of striking oil workers in the city of Zhanaozen, killing 14. Fearing that they would be caught up in political turmoil EYDAP pulled out.
The prince’s spokesman David Pogson initially denied that he had done any work for the Swiss and Greek firms when first approached by the Mail.
However, the Mail then provided the palace with a copy of an email which Andrew had personally sent to Mr Rakishev on behalf of both EDYAP and Aras on April 14, 2011. The palace suggested our email was a forgery but then tried to stop its publication on privacy grounds. In 2007 Mr Rakishev brokered the mysterious sale of Prince Andrew’s former marital home in Berkshire. Prince Andrew acted as a ‘fixer’ for Kazakh billionaire Timur Kulibayev to help him buy property from the Queen’s estate, and sold him Sunninghill Park for his mistress Goga Ashkenazi.
After languishing unsold for five years, the property was bought for £15million – £3million over the asking price – by an oligarch called Timur Kulibayev, the son-in-law of Kazakhstan’s autocratic president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Prince Andrew became UK special representative for international trade and investment in October 2001.
He was supposed to promote UK business interests abroad but was accused of cashing in on connections with oil-rich trading partners and of developing questionable friendships with disreputable figures. He announced he was stepping down from the position in July 2011 following criticism over his friendship with controversial figures, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.