Kazakh service for corruption arrests former president’s uncle

Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to attend Eurasia’s Supreme Economic Council meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 20, 2019. Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION – THIS PICTURE WAS THIRD PARTY.

March 13, 2022

(Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s anti-corruption organization has arrested former President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s nephew on Sunday, the latest in a series of crackdowns on his family.

Nazarbayev, 81, resigned as president in 2019 but remained in power as head of the Security Council and leader of the ruling party, backing then-ally Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

In January, protests over rising fuel prices escalated in several major Kazakh cities, and Tokayev stripped Nazarbayev of his role as Security Council and took over.

Nazarbayev also relinquished Tokayev’s leadership role in the ruling party, while several relatives of the former president left or were fired from prominent positions in government and state-owned enterprises.

Kairat Satybaldy, who was announced for detention on Sunday, is a former deputy head of state security who became a businessman. The corruption service said his detention was linked to a fraudulent investigation by the telecommunications company Kazakhtelecom.

Nazarbayev made his first public appearance in just over two months this week at a diplomatic conference in Turkey, the main event being talks between Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers.

(Report by Olzhas Auyezov; Edited by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

Kazakh service for corruption arrests former president’s uncle

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