The AssayNews collected some lore about Mukhtar Ablyazov and rounded up most of the myths around the person. Their expertise in dealing with complex cases and spy stories make the piece informative. We publish it by courtesy of Peter Jensen from AssayNews.co.uk.
While the British society is certain that Mukhtar Ablyazov enforces his political agenda pursuing very utilitarian goals we can’t deny that he is the most widely known critic of Kazakhstan’s regime. He is known as an opposition politician to the people of Kazakhstan and he puts some pressure on Nazarbayev and Tokaev. Mukhtar Ablyazov is not a figure the government of Kazakhstan can easily cope with. And the government does it’s best to suppress the dissident voice.
It is getting down to ridiculous. For example during the planned broadcastings of Mukhtar Ablyazov’s podcasts the internet in major cities uses to fall into major blackout. And the blackout is certainly engineered one: only Facebook and YouTube experience it.
The case is curious though. To stay in the asylum a regular – by all means except the scale – criminal has to be a politician. He is forced to be active and develop at least some support. Here lies the problem: his critical views are shared by many. After all Mukhtar Ablyazov knows the corrupt regime well because he is a runaway part of it. But his true prospects as a potential leader are minuscule.
As a self-proclaimed opposition leader he is pathetic and virtually harmless. Mukhtar Ablyzov’s own movement is weak and infiltrated with the double agents. Some even consider Mukhtar Ablyazov himself an agent-provocateur. We’ll discuss it in this article.
Unable to reach Mukhtar Ablyazov and make him pay for the embezzlement and major banking fraud he committed, Kazakhstan’s government pushed new allegations against him. Those indirect claims are aimed more at his potential supporters. Let’s do a quick line-up of the sideline of lesser known charges against him.
Mukhtar Ablyazov ordered the assassination of Yerzhan Tatishev
Yerzhan Tatishev was a co-owner of Mukhtar Ablyazov’s bank, known then by the name TuranAlem Bank. After an argument he had with Mukhtar Ablyazov Yerzhan Tatishev was pressed to give his share of the bank to Mukhtar Ablyazov. An extensive campaign ranging from denigrative press coverage to assassination attempts was launched against Yerzhan Tatishev. He was forced by criminals as well as corrupt authoritarian security agents to flee the country. Nursultan Nazarbayev gave him warranties and Tatishev returned.
Later he was killed in what was initially suspected as a hunting accident. Several years later the man who killed him acknowledged that he killed him and was paid by Mukhtar Ablyazov.
- Pro: qui prodest factor. Mukhtar Ablyazov was interested in the rival death. He ordered the previous attempts to denigrate Yerzhan Tatishev, wiretap his telephone, put pressure on his friends and relatives.
- Contra: dubious acknowledgement. The man who acknowledged the guilt was imprisoned.
- Decisive factor: it is known that the assassin got his reward.
- The verdict: it looks likely that Mukhtar Ablyazov ordered the hitman for Yerzhan Tatishev. The goal to control the bank was fulfilled.
Mukhtar Ablyazov is the double agent of Kazakhstan security service
There are rumours and organized leaks that Mukhtar Ablyazov agreed to be an informant for KNB (offspring of the Soviet KGB). According to the leak Ablyazov was recruited by KNB and pledged to collaborate in ‘uncovering enemies of state’ in 2003. He got the nickname ‘Lenin’ and reported back on several occasions.
- Pro: it is common practice to recruit the high-ranking prisoners as informants. Some of the published reports look trustworthy.
- Contra: there is not enough hard evidence. The paper written reports were at least obsolete in 2003.
- The verdict: while in prison Mukhtar Ablyazov may have been forced to give the consent to work for KNB. There is little reason to remain loyal to the oath for now though. ‘Lenin’ is dead for sure. Further investigation is needed for years that ‘Lenin’ was presumably active.
Mukhtar Ablyazov is a womanizer
There are talks about hypersexuality of Mukhtar Ablyazov. He reportedly slept over with Botagoz Jardemalie, all of his political movement female activists, leaders of NGOs and attractive female lawyers and journalists.
- Pro: there are some video leaks.
- Contra: it does not fit the whole character of a middle-aged banker. Total lack of the first hand account even from former friends turned enemies.
- The verdict: it’s bullshit invented by the government propaganda team. Mukhtar Ablyazov isn’t a sex machine.