Who is Mr. Ablyazov: Fraud or Democrat?
The trial in Kazakhstan in the case of M. Ablyazov, one of the most famous financial scammers of the 21st century, led to a very unexpected result. Support for the former owner of BTA Bank refused the most zealous of his supporters, Central Asia Monitor writes.
It’s no secret that most of the high-level scammers who lived in the CIS countries, leaving their homeland, suddenly become politicians. Many of those who held high positions in their countries declare themselves «dissidents of conscience» and political refugees. Thus, all of them are trying to avoid the prospect of being deported to their homeland and getting under trial. After all, more than half of these «refugees» are accused in their states of very serious crimes: from corruption and fraud to murder.
Most often, such fugitives manage to get under the protection not only of the politicians of the countries of the «new homeland», but also receive unofficial support from the forces that are interested in destabilizing the situation in a number of states of the former Soviet Union.
M.Ablyazov was an ideal option for the role of «political fighter» for democracy in Kazakhstan.
First, he has already been noted in the policy of Kazakhstan. Back in 2001, he was prosecuted for corruption in his time as Minister of Energy, and in an attempt to escape from prison M. Ablyazovjoined the opposition movement «Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan». However, in 2002 he was still convicted, but the swindler left for freedom a year later, writing a petition for pardon in the name of the Head of State. A little later, he publicly promised never again to engage in politics.
Secondly, the oligarch used BTA bank money to sponsor revolutions in neighboring Kyrgyzstan (in 2005), buying up the assets of that state at a low price. He also noted in Russia. In 2016, the Russian chauvinist Alexander Potkin (Belov), who was funded by M. Ablyazov, was convicted of extremism for extremism. Even earlier, another wards of the oligarch got involved – one of the leaders of Russian radicals was the famous nationalist Dmitry Demushkin.
These two heroes were actively used by M.Ablyazov to pressure the Russian authorities to promote their own business interests.
When it became clear that Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank was brought to extreme financial exhaustion, M.Ablyazov simply fled Kazakhstan. And from the very first moment of institution of a criminal case against him at home, he suddenly declared himself a politician and an oppositionist.
In theory, having stolen 7.5 billion USD, M.Ablyazov could easily live in some small country, somewhere in Africa and not only. Without fear of extradition to their homeland.
Despite the fact that M.Ablyazov is a very sophisticated fraudster, it’s no secret that today all the fraudulent schemes for withdrawing money from the country have long been known to the special services.
And this means that, if desired, any special service of one of the countries that has access to the accounts of M. Ablyazov, can take it under his control. Which, apparently, was done from the moment he left Kazakhstan. It is simply impossible to explain the oligarch’s passion for democracy and human rights in the states of the post-Soviet space.
In the same period, almost simultaneously, abroad, and in Kazakhstan itself, many supporters of the runaway banker appeared who, in unison with the «boss», began to sing about how badly they live in Kazakhstan. And this went on smoothly until the courts in the «Ablyazov case» in the UK, and even in Kazakhstan itself, uncovered all the schemes of fraud. The evidence base was brought not by prosecutors, but by accomplices of a runaway banker – his deputies and heads of organizations, through which money was withdrawn from the bank. A total of more than 200 witnesses and participants in the trial. Most of them voluntarily came to the police and voluntarily told about their role in the «business of the century».
So, to continue to maintain the image of a criminal oligarch as a «political competitor» of the current government does not make any sense anymore. For his foreign «customers»M.Ablyazov has already been written off as a scam. That is why the destructive forces stopped paying those who yesterday praised the Kazakh swindler. Moreover, his former allegedly supporters, and most often in this role were the numerous paid bloggers living abroad, dramatically changed the tone. And today they massively criticize every step of the ex-banker.
This was understood by M. Ablyazov himself. That is why he decided to go to the last resort, announcing the creation of the movement «Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan» (DCK) for the second time. It should be noted that the DVK program miraculously combined populist slogans for the general public(to increase salaries and pensions several fold) and to bow to the current government of Kazakhstan. Apparently, in the hope that Astana will forgive him again, in the program of the DCK the oligarch proclaimed support for the current intentions of the Kazakh authorities to introduce private ownership of land. And this despite the fact that only last year the swindler was a categorical opponent of private property and even sponsored rallies against the sale of land.
While it is known that the initiative of the oligarch was supported by the director BolatAtabaev, who lives in Germany, AidosSadykov, who lives in Ukraine and AinurKurmanov, who lives in Moscow.
At the same time, one of yesterday’s associates of M. Ablyazov Eric Klyshbaev found out that today’s «friend» of banker AidosSadykov is mentally unwell. Here is what E.Klyshbaev wrote on his page in social networks: «AidosSadykov – was officially treated in a psycho-dispensary. I decided to dig in his history, talked with people who knew Sadykov closely, and one of his relatives gave out information that Aidos was being treated in a psychiatric hospital, is on the account of a psychiatrist».
Another blogger who a month ago fully supported all the theses of M.Ablyazov, SakenZhunusov, suddenly turns his back on him, declaring to the oligarch: «Return to the country, speak openly, and do not yap at the power behind the hill».
Yesterday’s allies did not just oppose M. Ablyazov, but against all his theses and the program of the newly created DCK. As E.Klyshbaev wrote: «Ablyazov wants to undermine the entire Kazakh opposition and rule Kazakhstan as an oligarch». Moreover, they not only do not express any doubts that M.Ablyazov «is not unjustly offended», but openly declare: «he stole the money of the people of Kazakhstan».
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The story of Mukhtar Ablyazov, one-time major shareholder and chief executive of Kazakhstan’s BTA bank, tells how well over 10 billion US dollar is supposed to have been reaped through his network of close to 800 fake companies.
Most of yesterday’s associates of M. Ablyazov today call him a populist, a thief and a corrupt politician. It seems that these penniless ideological «political technologists» who have been living on fees for the support of a particular figure or idea have changed their attitude. M.Ablyazov – the «politician» written off as a scam.
And this means that, quite possibly, in a very short time, a number of European countries will have a vision of a «Ablyazovproblem» and an unnecessary more than a swindler, but they will be given out to one of the countries that applied for extradition of the criminal.
Or, that can not be ruled out either, France or the UK, in order not to spoil their image, simply put the fraudster in jail at home. Fortunately, the list of claims for fraud, money laundering and sponsorship of terrorism and extremism is also rather big for M.Ablyazov.