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12/18/08

News Bulletin No 31


No 31 December 17, 2008

POLITICS

•    President Nursultan Nazarbayev Receives Congratulations on Independence Day from US President George Bush
•    Kazakhstan and the United States celebrate 15th Anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

ECONOMY

•    Minister for Trade welcomes WTO market access deal with Kazakhstan
•    Kazakhstan: Astana seeks to expand government role in key economic sectors
•    Kazakhstan: Astana pushes for regional meeting to address economic crisis

OTHER NEWS

•    CKE Restaurants to Expand to Kazakhstan
•    British pupils 'lead the western world at maths' - but Borat's glorious nation of Kazakhstan puts us to shame
•    Looking east: project builds bridges with eastern Europe and central Asia
•    The Former Kazakh FBI Apprentice: From Jack the Ripper To a "Democrat"
 

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President Nursultan Nazarbayev Receives Congratulations on Independence Day from US President George Bush

Presidential press service

In his message US President George Bush on behalf of the American people offered his congratulations to President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the people of Kazakhstan on the occasion of the seventeenth Anniversary of Kazakhstan's Independence.

The telegram reads, in particular:

"We appreciate your government’s efforts to advance economic reforms and to develop a strategic partnership in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

These efforts have strengthened the bilateral relationship. We remain committed to furthering freedom, stability and prosperity in Kazakhstan and the broader region.

I wish you and the people of Kazakhstan a fulfilling and peaceful future.”


KAZAKHSTAN AND THE UNITED STATES CELEBRATE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUNN-LUGAR COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION PROGRAM

Letter from President Nursultan Nazarbayev to President George Bush, December 12

Dear Mr. President,

It is my great pleasure to congratulate you on the auspicious occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the Kazakhstan-US “Collective Threat Reduction” Program (CTR).

Over the years of its implementation, the CTR, proudly bearing the name of its founders – US Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, has made a significant contribution to strengthening the global non-proliferation regime. Within this Program our two countries have made crucial steps to remove strategic offensive weapons and nuclear weapon infrastructure, build and improve the systems of export control and defense conversion, develop accounting and control over nuclear and biological materials. A threat of nuclear and biological weapons – leftovers of the collapsed USSR – has in fact been completely eliminated.

It is quite symbolic that the signing of the Framework Agreement on CTR and the Kazakh Parliament’s decision on the country’s accession to the Treaty on Nuclear Weapons Non-proliferation coincided and were accomplished on the same day. Being the first country in the world to voluntarily renounce its nuclear arsenal and shut down the nuclear test site, Kazakhstan firmly believes that the nonproliferation regime should be continuously strengthened. In this regard, last year we extended the Nunn-Lugar Program for the next seven year term and supported your Counter Proliferation Initiative.

Our countries’ effective efforts under the Program are a paramount evidence of our joint commitment to building a safer world and finding solutions to today’s global challenges. These efforts are based on good political will, openness and fruitful cooperation.

Availing myself of this opportunity I would like to thank you for the years of our cooperation. You have made an invaluable personal contribution to strengthening and developing cooperation between the United States and Kazakhstan. Over the last years our bilateral relations have reached the new level of quality and have grown into a strategic partnership based on the principles of equality, friendship and mutual cooperation.

I am confident that our nations will continue close cooperation in promoting peace and global security, and our strategic partnership which enjoys an enormous potential will continue deepening and expanding.

I wish you and your family every success, as well as well being and peaceful future to the people of the United States.

Sincerely,

Nursultan Nazarbayev

Statement from President George W. Bush, December 12

Press Release of the US Embassy in Astana

I send greetings to those recognizing the 15th anniversary of the Cooperative Threat Reduction partnership between the governments of the United States and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Cooperative Threat Reduction programs are critical tools to fight one of the gravest threats facing the world, the danger that terrorists and proliferators could gain access to weapons or materials of mass destruction. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the people of Kazakhstan gave up their nuclear weapons, which enhanced their security and made Kazakhstan a global leader in nonproliferation. With the help from the CTR programs, Kazakhstan has worked to eliminate the weapons of mass destruction legacy inherited from the Soviet Union and set a positive example for countries around the world.

On this anniversary, we celebrate the strong ties between the people of the United States and Kazakhstan, and we renew commitments that will strengthen the next era of nonproliferation partnership between our countries. By continuing to secure, eliminate, and account for weapons and materials of mass destruction, we are helping keep these dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who would do us harm and making the world a safer place.

I appreciate President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s government, and citizens of Kazakhstan for their commitment to peace and dedication to disarmament. Your efforts have helped achieve unprecedented success countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Laura and I send our best wishes on this historic anniversary.


Lugar, Nunn honor Kazakhstan

Press Release of Senator Lugar, December 16

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar and former Sen. Sam Nunn released the following statement last weekend on the 15th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar program in Kazakhstan:

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program in Kazakhstan on December 13, we honor the courage and foresight that led President Nursultan Nazarbayev to conclude that the future of his country was best secured through the renunciation and elimination of more than 1,400 nuclear weapons located in Kazakhstan.  On this day in 1993, Kazakhstan also joined the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as a non-weapons state, enshrining these aspirations in international law.

This critical judgment paved the way for 15 years of close cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Kazakhstan to safely and securely eliminate nuclear and biological weapons, materials and infrastructure left behind in Kazakhstan after the break-up of the Soviet Union.  This solid base of cooperation has led to a long list of shared successes: the closure of the Soviet Union’s test site, the removal of nuclear weapons, the elimination of a biological weapons factory, and the securing of dangerous nuclear and biological materials.

Under President Nazarbayev’s leadership, Kazakhstan is one of the world’s leaders in nuclear nonproliferation – not merely in words, but – most importantly -- by actions and deeds.  These actions provide an example for the world to see that security lies not in the embrace of weapons of mass destruction, but in cooperation to eliminate the global threats these weapons represent.

We believe that the Nunn-Lugar agenda – the cornerstone of US-Kazakhstan cooperation – provides a platform for global cooperation to reduce weapons and materials, and we applaud Kazakhstan’s leadership in advancing this vision of a safer world.



ECONOMY

Minister for Trade welcomes WTO market access deal with Kazakhstan

Web Newswire

[Australian] Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, has welcomed the completion overnight of bilateral market access negotiations with Kazakhstan as part of its application to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“The bilateral agreement signed in Geneva today will improve trading conditions for Australian exporters and enhance access to Kazakhstan’s market once Kazakhstan becomes a member of the WTO,” he said.

The deal covers key Australian export interests on both goods and services.

“Australia and Kazakhstan enjoy a developing bilateral relationship,” Mr Crean said.

The deal will lock in current low tariffs and contribute to improved market access for goods such as meat and dairy products, sugar, wool, fruit and nuts, wheat, barley and telecommunications equipment. On services, there are gains for mining services and greater certainty for Australian contractors supplying services in the market.

Merchandise trade between Australia and Kazakhstan doubled in 2007-08 to $36 million.

A number of Australian companies are pursuing investment opportunities in Kazakhstan’s mining, oil and gas and services sectors. There is also growing Australian interest in Kazakhstan’s infrastructure development, agriculture and education sectors.

Kazakhstan has still to complete bilateral negotiations with some other WTO members, including the United States, and continues to negotiate the overall terms of its membership of the WTO.



Kazakhstan: Astana seeks to expand government role in key economic sectors

Eurasianet.org

Kazakhstan is preparing to establish national mining and chemical companies, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports.

The mining company, which will manage the government’s shares in existing projects, will also incorporate the national nuclear company Kazatomprom, Kairat Kelimbetov, the head of the newly created national welfare fund, Samruk-Kazyna, said on December 10.

"The formation of the mining company is very simple. It will have the status of a national company. We have drafted the regulation, and as soon as the government approves it, the mining company will be created," Kelimbetov said, adding he expected the measure to be approved December 16.

The government will form a limited liability partnership (LLP) to cooperate with the chemical sector, he continued.

"The government has no state assets in the chemical industry, unlike in the mining sector, so the government will establish a LLP to cooperate with private market players. We are planning to discuss two ways of government participation, it will be either a shareholding in a newly established company, or lending," Kelimbetov said.

Eleven chemical projects worth roughly $3.7 billion are already in the works, he added.
Samruk-Kazyna was formed in October to manage strategic state assets valued at $40 billion. Its deputy head is President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, Timur Kulibayev.



Kazakhstan: Astana pushes for regional meeting to address economic crisis

Eurasianet.org

Kazakhstan has invited leaders from other CIS countries to participate in an unofficial summit to discuss potential responses to the deepening global financial crisis, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry has announced.

The presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have reportedly accepted invitations to convene at the resort town of Borovoe in northern Kazakhstan on December 19, CA-News reported.

"During the meeting the presidents are supposed to exchange opinions on topical issues of development of regional cooperation, as well as deal with problems resulting from the global financial crisis," said Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman, Erzhan Ashikbayev.

The meeting will take place amid worsening economic indicators from Russia, including rising inflation and unemployment, shrinking industrial output and the fall of the Russian rouble to a four year low on December 16.



OTHER NEWS

CKE Restaurants to Expand to Kazakhstan

Los Angeles Business Journal

CKE Restaurants Inc. said Tuesday it will build 12 Carl's Jr. restaurants in Kazakhstan over the next five years in partnership with a longtime overseas franchisee.

The Americana Group, which operates 194 of CKE’s Hardee's restaurants in the Middle East, will switch to the Carl's Jr. brand for the Carpinteria-based fast food chain’s entry into the former Soviet republic.

“We have a successful history with the Americana Group and are confident that they will continue to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and passion for the CKE brands as they expand in new and existing markets,” Chief Executive Andrew F. Puzder said in a statement.

International locations comprise about 10 percent of CKE’s network of 3,100 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and in 14 countries, with plans to grow that to 20 percent by 2014, according to the company.

Kuwait-based Americana also operates TGIF’s, Krispy Kreme, KFC and Pizza Hut locations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

CKE shares, which closed down 78 cents, or 9 percent, to $8 in regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, were up 5 percent in after-market trading.



British pupils 'lead the western world at maths' - but Borat's glorious nation of Kazakhstan puts us to shame

Mail Online, UK

Primary school pupils lead the western world in maths skills, according to a new survey.

Our ten-year-olds have outstripped their peers in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand as well as the rest of Europe, including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden.

But the news from the international comparison of 425,000 youngsters was not all good.

English children have been passed in their turn by youngsters from Kazakhstan, the former Soviet Republic portrayed as a nation of barely-civilised simpletons by Sacha Baron Cohen's comic creation Borat.


Experts said a traditional curriculum and a belief in the importance of maths and science were behind Kazakhstan's success.

Though poverty is widespread in the oil-producing country, it has an emerging middle class keen on rigorous academic education.

The improvement among English children follows the introduction of a daily numeracy lesson in primary schools, which put renewed emphasis on times tables and arithmetic.

The survey, known as Timms (Trends in International Maths and Science Study), is held every four years.

Our ten-year-olds were 17th of 26 countries in 1995 but seventh of 36 last year, while 14-year-olds were seventh of 49 - up from 25th of 41 in 1995. Among ten-year-olds England was decisively outperformed only by countries on the Pacific Rim, including Japan and South Korea.

The result contrasts sharply with two similar studies last year which showed Britain plummeting down the world rankings.

Schools Minister Jim Knight said the findings of Timms were unambiguous.

'Our teenagers are leading Europe,' he said. 'We can be really proud of our position in maths and science.'

But Shadow Children's Secretary Michael Gove said: 'It hardly gives confidence that we will compete in hard subjects that count when countries with all Kazakhstan's disadvantages are outstripping ours'.

Education expert Professor Alan Smithers warned: 'We have been here before. We did well in maths in a different international survey in 2000.

'When the dust had settled, it became clear this was because of a low response rate and an over-representation of leading schools including independent schools.

'We don't know yet whether this year's results are the start of a welcome trend or just another blip.'

The Buckingham University professor pointed out that many countries who usually do well in surveys were absent this time, including Finland, Canada and Belgium.

In science, England's ten-year- olds slipped from fifth place in the 2003 survey to seventh last year.

Fourteen-year- olds rose two places, but their level of knowledge was no better.

The survey, co-ordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, highlighted weaknesses in some aspects of maths in England, particularly algebra and number computation.

There was also evidence that schools do not stretch the brightest children. Improvements were mainly among 'middle attainers'.

Worryingly, the study found a sharp decline in children's attitudes to both maths and science. They were less likely than in the past to enjoy the subjects, amid claims that teachers spend too much time drilling them for tests.



Looking east: project builds bridges with eastern Europe and central Asia

Cordis News 

Building bridges with the EU's neighbours in eastern Europe and central Asia is the goal of the EU-funded IncoNet EECA ('International cooperation network for Eastern European and Central Asian countries') project. The project is funded to the tune of EUR 3,549,999 under the International Cooperation budget of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

IncoNet EECA was launched earlier this year and it held its first brokerage event in the Kazakh capital of Astana in early December. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the opportunities available to EECA researchers under FP7 and create links and forge partnerships between EU and EECA researchers in the areas of food, agriculture, fisheries and biotechnology research.

The workshop attracted around 200 participants from across Europe and central Asia including scientists, policy makers and industry. Among them was the European Commission's Elisabetta Balzi, International Cooperation policy officer at the Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate of the Research Directorate General. She was impressed by what she saw.

'Kazakhstan has a strong tradition in science,' she told CORDIS News, noting that the country plans to significantly increase its research spending in the coming years. It is already investing heavily in the construction of high-class new facilities and infrastructures. In the area of food and agriculture research, it is particularly interested in the areas of environment, animal health, food and biotechnology.

Scientists in Kazakhstan and the rest of the eastern Europe and central Asia region are also increasingly reaching out to their colleagues in the EU. In the 4 years of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), 19 partners from EECA countries (including 1 from Kazakhstan) took part in agriculture and food research projects. In the first 2 years of FP7 alone, 33 EECA partners (including 2from Kazakhstan) have received funding to participate in EU-funded projects under the 'Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology' theme.

According to Dr Balzi, Kazakhstan's success rate of 20% in applying for funding in her subject area is similar to that of many EU Member States. Projects such as IncoNet EECA should encourage more scientists from the region to make contact with researchers in the EU with a view to embarking on joint projects together.

Meanwhile, the IncoNet EECA project will organise further workshops in the region on different topics. The project is also working on the establishment of a regional science and technology dialogue platform comprising representatives from the EU and its Member States as well as EECA partners.

For more information, please visit:

EECA IncoNet project:
http://www.inco-eeca.net/ 

Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology research in FP7:
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/kbbe/home_en.html 

International Cooperation in FP7:
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/international-cooperation_en.html



The Former Kazakh FBI Apprentice: From Jack the Ripper To a "Democrat"

Axis Information and Analysis

The story of the Kazakhstan president's daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva's ex-husband who reportedly has been persecuted by intelligence services of the Central Asian Republic for "dissidence" and "attempts to fight reforms", has been published in recent articles in the US and European mass-media.The articles refer to Rakhat Aliyev, the former National Security Committee (NSC) Maj.-Gen., former Kazakh ambassador to Austria and some other European states. He's a person who belonged to the president's family and has been accused of serious crimes, including racket, kidnapping, murders and tortures, and after that, thanks to good grace of some Western journalists, has suddenly become the "leader of the Kazakh opposition".

Aliyev who has unconcealed presidential ambitions and has been hiding away in Austria and Britain since 2007, said that the Kazakh authorities have been persecuting him as a "democrat and reformer" who allegedly possesses information on "serious corruption of the regime".

It remains unknown what Aliev's "democratic" reforms and "fighting corruption" consisted of. The "reformer" has spent last years abroad, visiting Kazakhstan just for a short while. He was an ambassador to Austrian Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro since 2002. Before being a diplomat he held some senior positions in NSC since 1997 and before that he was a financial police chief. Having taken a training course in the FBI Academy in the US, being sent there by the "corrupted regime", Aliyev became a Major-General and a deputy chief of the Kazakh intelligence service. History is silent on the point which "democratic reforms" or "victories over corruption" he reached in that period of his life, except for establishing almost totalitarian control over the Kazakh mass-media and partially over the Kazakh banking system.

Though history is not silent on his participation in the cruelest - even in Asian terms - actions against his business competitors, against personal enemies (his lovers inclusive), saying nothing of the opposition. Then he managed to come off unscathed, shielding himself with his wife Dariga, president's daughter. It seems that at that moment Nursultan Nazarbayev made a mistake, having underestimated the information on the outrage caused by his son-in-law in spite of the pressure from the opposition, some members of his family inclusive. He regarded it rather as an attempt of blackmailing his relative and breaking checks and balances inside the elite. One shouldn't possibly disregard human sentiments.

 Those days Gen. Aliyev gave written oath to his all-powerful father-in-law: "Dear Nursultan Abishevitch! I, Aliyev Rakhat Mukhtarovitch, want to assure you that I feel reverence for you as for my second father, I am grateful for everything you have done for me, for the opportunity to be close to you, to become a rich man and to get shoulder straps of a General, and so on and so forth.
I deem it my duty to write this letter with my own hand telling you that I am totally at your mercy, that I have passed my fate into your hands, that I have been with you and will stay with you to the last drop of my blood, for, as I have told you, a samurai has only one master! I'm ready to make a deed for you and for the country… I have always been and remain a member of your family and your team, and in no circumstances even at death price I will disclose the state secret and other secrets I got to know. May God punish me, may I have contempt of my relatives and close friends upon me, if I fail to keep my oath. I will never betray you or your family and will regard your name and your deeds for the benefit of our country with reverence till the death end. May you live a long life! Sincerely yours, R. Aliyev, 08.04.2002, Almaty".

However, Nazarbayev, due to Aliyev's irrational ferocity and cruelty shocking even his NSC colleagues (he was even nick-named a "Surgeon"), sent Aliyev to Austria as an ambassador, having deprived him of control over intelligence services. But it was too late. As the Kazakh legal bodies will later find out Aliyev, during his years of work in NSC, managed to make up a team of devoted intelligence officers. This team was involved in racket, kidnapping, tortures and, possibly, murders of businessmen, who were forced to make a property over to Aliyev. For example, his group kidnapped two of "Nurbank" top-managers who have still not been found. Nurbank is one of the largest banks in the country, and the "democrat" has been its chief stockholder.

Ministry of the Interior of Kazakhstan put Aliyev on the wanted list and issued international arrest warrant on May 26, 2007, having collected enough proofs and evidences of his crimes. Facts on Aliyev's crimes shocked Nazarbayev's daughter and president himself, who immediately decided to deprive Aliyev of all his regalia, honors and offices. Dagira Nazarbayeva divorced with Aliyev, who was in Vienna at the moment.

Then Rakhat Aliyev declared himself a "persecuted dissident" who became "opposition", allegedly planning to "reconstruct the corrupted regime in Kazakhstan". Early in August 2007 the Austrian Federal Court denied Kazakh demands of Aliyev's extradiction, explaining the resolution by the fact that he allegedly can't hope for just court proceedings in Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev made a "mistake", putting Aliyev on the wanting list when he was abroad but not in Kazakhstan, according to the reports of some experts. However it's easy to explain that - Kazakh authorities, having obtained proofs of his criminal activity, couldn't linger a day for they didn't want to produce an impression of fencing a "president's relative" off. However Austria didn't go into details and afforded Aliyev a shelter. Astana authorities have been trying to achieve criminal extradition since September 2007, while the criminal took some safety "measures" in his turn.

Aliyev via his PR-service, Internet resources and blogs tried, inter alia, to destabilize the Kazakh political system, saying he obtained "damaging evidences" concerning the country authorities, and giving open hints that he is one of the opposition leaders ready to displace "corrupted power" and to become head of the state. Such declarations aroused interest of various Western political and state structures, concerned in pressing Kazakhstan for their own purposes. It's important to notice that representatives of Kazakh opposition, both in Kazakhstan and abroad, made several announcements that the man who tortured and pressured them being while deputy head of NSC and who, in everybody's opinion, took part in murdering Altynbek Sarsenbayev, leader of opposition, by no means can be their "leader" or represent their interests. However these voices haven't been heard for certain reasons.

In his turn Aliyev started spreading information on "how the corrupted intelligence service of Kazakhstan acts", telling in actual fact about his own activity, for that was how his own criminal group acted, bugging telephones, offering officers services "for rent", who were hired for murders and inflicting physical damage. He also defamed Nazarbayev's name, declaring that he always fought against this "tyrant" who he thanked for everything and promised "not to betray" some years ago.

In this respect we should speak in detail about the aforementioned murder of Sarsenbayev, which was, in actual fact, an attempt of a soft coup, and, being covered by Aliev's media-empire, it nearly lead to "loss of face" and dismissal of his father-in-law. Nazarbayev was saved due to his huge political experience and flexibility.

However, regarding number of weapons, which enough for an infantry brigade, seized from Gen. Aliyev's estates and taking into account the evidences, it's clear that he was not preparing just a "soft" coup. Hence the question now arises among experts - Rakhat Aliyev, though an "excentric", is a reasonable man who understands politics and security issues. Could he seriously count upon change of power in one of the most important (besides, oil-producing) countries in Central Asia relying only on his own? Whose help was he expecting to get? 

The year that passed since the moment Aliyev was put on the wanted list, Ministry of the Interior of Kazakhstan has been investigating his activity and found out some details that became of interest for intelligence services of several countries in the Middle East. Notably, Rakhat Aliyev was noted in having contacts with representatives of various Islamist groups, though he hid traces of that, being the NSC deputy head. For example, a Palestinian Issam Salah Khorani, who is an active member of HAMAS, is married to his sister Gulshtat. NSC was spying on Khorani since 1992, when he came to Kazakhstan to study in the Institute of Construction and Architecture. In a while he was deported from the country. However he returned to Almaty. He was deported again and during his third visit Khorani found a good "anchor" - he married to Aliyev's sister.

Since that moment he started to succeed as a businessman. However Ministry of the Interior and NSC of Kazakhstan, who have long been struggling against local Islamist group "Hizb ut-Tahrir" and groups linked with "Al-Qaida", were not interested in economic details of Khorani's biography. It came out that the "SSS-Saipem" building consortium, that he represented in Kazakhstan, illegally brought about 600 foreign workers from several Asian countries to Kazakhstan. Among these guest workers were members of "Hizballah", "Islamic Jehad" and "Muslim Brotherhood". They were forging contacts with local Islamist groups in Kazakhstan and in bordering countries.

For unclear reasons these facts and evidences have been ignored both in Austria and in Great Britain, where Aliyev is staying now. British intelligence services, according to some sources, are patronizing him, planning, possibly, to use, if necessary, a runaway "Surgeon" for launching an "image" strike to the Kazakh authorities. It will be especially susceptible at the moment when Nazarbayev passes his power over to his future successor, when the young oil - producing state is  particularly vulnerable. Thus, new Astana, allegedly, will be forced to act more "Western-mindedly" and to weaken links with Moscow.

Unfortunately, Aliyev's patrons don't realize that using such a figure, stained both with crimes and contacts with Islamic extremists, they would hardly achieve desirable results. Rather they will not. Feeling pressure from foreign intelligence services who are using Aliyev, the authorities of Kazakhstan, who have long been seeking for getting closer to Europe, will disenchant in their Western partners and will have to look for other ones. Consequently, the system of rapidly developing relationships between Astana and Washington can be destroyed, while Kazakhstan is one of the largest world energy suppliers. Let's remind you that Nursultan Nazarbayev allowed Air Forces of the countries, that are taking part in antiterrorist operation in Afghanistan, to use Kazakh airfields.

Analyzing the Rakhat Aliyev situation in terms of "real politics", and having left "the field of moral thinking", which is not difficult dealing with this person, one should keep the Western balance of income and expenditure when placing stake on Nazarbayev's former son-in-law. One should understand, citing president F.D. Roosevelt, whether "he is our son of a bit..h". Do we need a zone of instability in Kazakhstan? How would it influence oil prices and perspective ways of transporting it? How would it influence regional power balance? Taking into account the aforementioned, one can draw a line under the balance - no, he is not ours. Moreover, recalling his long lasting Islamist trace, one should say - no, not at all ours.
(It seems that Austria started to understand it and to realize that it was made a dummy in somebody else's game.)

Besides, according to the available information, Russian authorities realize what this Western intelligence services' "game" with Rakhat Aliyev can lead to, and are already taking steps in rendering assistance to Astana concerning this issue. Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia encouraged two Aliyev's bodyguards to return to Kazakhstan, and they have already witnessed against their former "master".