The Pro­ceed­ings of thetwenty-first Cen­tury

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS NEWS -

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.

Jonas Duda Paid ar­ti­cle

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