When sensation prevails over sense: Rakhat Aliyev hysteria virus hits German weekly

When sensation prevails over sense: Rakhat Aliyev hysteria virus hits German weeklyAnother hoax? Hardly anyone in post-war history may have had so many headlines in such a short period of time since the death and subsequent dishonour of Joseph Stalin. The latest blurb is a cover story by the German weekly Der Spiegel – “accusing” a number of high-profile political veterans in Europe of something they may or may not have done but which by no means represents any violation of any law anywhere in the world with the possible exceptions of Uganda or North Korea.

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The Aliyev files: murder in Beirut and the oligarch syndrome

17.09.14-opinions-The-Aliyev-filesWhen back in 1953 Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s notoriously cruel chief security watchdog, ended up poisoning his lord and master to death (he was to be shot himself for it shortly afterwards) he declared that he had done it with the intention to take power himself and carry the USSR back to a capitalist economy. There was little doubt concerning in whose pockets most of the capital would end up. Half a century later, Kazakhstan’s all-powerful security chief and presidential family member Rakhat Aliyev tried to do just that – including a murderous coup. He left a trace of dead bodies behind as well (though the victims were of lesser echelons) for which he is now on trial – in Austria, that is. Would it have been the USA, he could expect to be roasted on an electric chair, choked in a gas chamber, poisoned to death or any other one of America’s sweet habits. Apart from the twin murder he committed in Almaty, one more case with Beiirut as its location is about to be added to the files on the judge’s table.

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The Aliyev files: new plot against Kazakhstan?

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?

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The Aliyev files: new hideout in Greece, carousel stretches from Washington to Kiev

30.04.14 opinions The Aliyev files new hideout in Greece, carousel stretches from Washington to KievThe man considered the most dangerous Kazakh in the world now appears to have entrenched himself in Greece, according to media in his latest hideout Malta. Rakhat Aliyev, former banker, security chief, diplomat and last but not least ex-son-in-law of the country’s head of state, is now one of Kazakhstan’s most wanted criminals accused of multiple murder, torture, kidnapping, conspiracy, extortion and theft – just to mention part of a long list of charges for which he has been convicted in two separate trials to 40 years in prison in all.

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The Rakhat Aliyev files: after Liechtenstein, now Malta’s Pandora box opens up

The Rakhat Aliyev files: after Liechtenstein, now Malta’s Pandora box opens upFor the second time, Kazakhstan’s prodigal son-in-law (of the head of state, that is) has seen his assets on Malta frozen by a court of law, in the course of proceedings concerning allegations of money laundering on the Mediterranean island. With the European Commission openly refusing to cooperate, it will now be up to member states of the EU to help a Kazakh thief, murderer and what else get the reward he deserves: a long time behind bars.

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Crime on the rocks: Maltese authorities under fire concerning the Aliyev files

Crime on the rocks: Maltese authorities under fire concerning the Aliyev filesMaltese police, prosecutors and courts of law are getting more and more caught up in a web of intrigues including multiple murder and massive fraud charges against the Kazakh “presidential prodigal son-in-law” Rakhat Aliyev, who keeps getting protection not just against the authorities in his home country, but by now those of Austria, Germany and the EU as well.

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