Viennese dream of kazakh opposition

Viennese dream of kazakh opposition

By Dinara Asanova

Speaking about kazakh opposition, it is right to say: “there are no already other people, another are far away”. Following the tradition we'll talk about those who are far away. Among those, who are far away, perhaps the most prominent representative is Rahat Aliyev.

Speaking about kazakh opposition, it is right to say: “there are no already other people, another are far away”. Following the tradition we'll talk about those who are far away. Among those, who are far away, perhaps the most prominent representative is Rahat Aliyev.

Rahat Aliyev is a classic example of failed politician and functionary, who for several years trying on the image of the main critic of the kazakh government. Since 2000 year being the president of Football Union of Kazakhstan, he successful failed the development of kazakh football, Mr. Aliyev also managed to fail the request of Kazakhstan to the OSCE chairmanship in 2009. At that period the application has not received the support of some members of the OSCE. Kazakhstan's success in promoting the request for the chairmanship of the OSCE took place only after the displacement of Rahat Aliyev from all his posts. Today Rahat Aliyev is hiding in Austria. He married a second time, taking his wife's surname. His new wife Elnara Shorazova was his former subordinate. This information, by the way, you can recheck by referring to the identification code of Aliyev. In Austria this code is issued only once for life and database is publicly available for the Austrians. There Rakhat Aliyev also called as Rakhat Shoraz. It is known that his wife worked before at the kazakh embassy in Austria. At first she was attaché and then she was raised to position of the secretary of embassy.

In 2007, Aliyev received a divorce from his ex-wife, with whom he brought up three children. However, this is not a complete characteristic of the applicant on the first post in Kazakhstan. At home in 2008, the former high-ranking official was sentenced in absentia to more than 40 years of imprisonment. His guilty in the preparation of a coup, kidnapping bankers and committing a number of other serious crimes has been proven.

Now Rahat Aliyev has magically turned into oppositionist, and even on this occasion has released the documentary novel “Godfather-in-law”. However, businessmen and politicians still can’t forget the “strong Rahat’s arms”, from which not many people managed to escape. Not accidentally, the criminal case against “Kazakhstan's Robin Hood” is full of the testimony, where everything that Mr. Aliyev “forgot” to mention in his bestselling book, has been painted. Nowadays, Kazakh businessmen support the president's policy of stability, rule of law, human rights and freedoms of citizens. At the same time they express their concern that “Aliyev and his associates can go to any provocation against the people and stability in society”. They rightly associate stability with the guarantees of property rights. Those property rights which repeatedly, according to numerous testimonies, were flouted by R. Aliyev.

At the same time, Rahat Aliyev positions himself as a victim of the regime and a fighter for justice. Someone naively believes it. Meanwhile, the investigation team continues its work/ The case, which they investigate, is not political, but criminal in nature. The question about the detention of former ambassador and transfer it to the kazakh side is a matter of time. After that, all to be seen whether a lawsuit against Rahat Aliyev be purely criminal in nature, or he can turn it into a political show. It can be assumed that the latter is unlikely. No one is interested - neither elite nor the counter-elite, businessmen, politicians.
 
 
15.03.2011
 
 
 

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