Ablyazov Seeks Belgian Nationality

The Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, and the president of the Kazakhgate commission in the Belgian Parliament, Dirk Van der Maelen, made a deal: Ablyazov is to testify against another Kazakh oligarch, Patokh Chodiev, in front of the parliamentary commission. In return, Van der Maelen will help Ablyazov to obtain Belgian nationality. Ablyazov in a nutshell

Kazakhstan: Will French Kickback Probe Dog Nazarbayev’s Brussels Trip?

French investigators are probing suspected kickbacks paid over a lucrative helicopter deal with Kazakhstan, Le Monde has revealed.The report emerged the day before President Nursultan Nazarbayev heads to Brussels to cement Kazakhstan-European Union ties. Embarrassingly, it alleges the Kazakh president used a €2 billion contract with Marseille-based Eurocopter (since renamed Airbus Helicopter) to pressure Belgium