The Proceedings of thetwenty-first Century
In 2001, the criminal proceedings against M. Ablyazov were instituted for corruption in the period when he was Minister of Energy. Upon striving to avoid imprisonment, М. Ablyazov joined the opposition movement “The Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”. However, he was sentenced to imprisonment in 2002, he got out of jail after one year and publicly promised to never get involved in politics any more.
As early as in 2005, the oligarch used the money from BTA-BANK for supporting the revolutions in Kyrgyzstan and then bought-up the assets of the said state for low prices.
When it became clear that BTA-BANK of Kazakhstan reached an extreme financial depletion, M. Ablyazov ran away from Kazakhstan.
Institutions of Great Britain and Kazakhstan disclosed all the schemes of his fraud actions; the heads and deputy heads of organizations involved in stripping the bank of its assets provided evidence of the said actions. In total, there were over 200 witnesses and participants of the proceedings. A majority of them came to the police voluntarily and described their roles in “the proceedings of the century”.
And M. Ablyazov decided to make a risky step: he announced the establishment of the opposition movement “The Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan” (DCK) for the second time. The programme of DCK included populist slogans (to increase salaries and pensions several times). In addition, the oligarch declared in the programme that he supports the current intention of the authorities related to legitimization of private land ownership. The initiative of the oligarch was supported by film director Bolat Atabaev (residing in Germany), Aydos Sadykov (residing in Ukraine) and Aynur Kurmanov (residing in Moscow).
Nevertheless, a majority of former teammates today characterize M. Ablyazov as a populist.
This means that most probably, in the nearest future, a number of states will change their attitude towards “the problem of Ablyazov” and consider him a swindler they do not need anymore.
And it is not impossible that France or Great Britain, upon avoiding damage to their own image, will simply put the criminal in prison in their territory. In addition, the scope of their claims to M. Ablyazov is considerable as well.
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