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FBI connected to the case of the brutal murder of the "father" of the Kazakh opposition elite

The public is shocked by a series of deaths of opposition politicians.

X-files in Kazakhstan

On February 16, Interior Minister Baurzhan Mukhamedzhanov announced that the FBI was involved in investigating the killing of Kazakh opposition activist Altynbek Sarsenbayev and appealed to the local population for help - for reliable information about the murderers a reward of $ 75,000 was received. . Officially, this is the initiative of the head of Kazakhstan. Although many express doubts that even American investigators will be able to restore the course of events after so many days.

However, this position of the Kazakh authorities does not console the opposition at all.

On the eve, representatives of Kazakhstan's political parties made statements in which they called on the authorities to take all measures to solve the murder of Sarsenbayev and provide the people of Kazakhstan with objective information on the progress of the investigation.

Recall, on February 13, the bodies of Altynbek Sarsenbayev, his bodyguard Baurzhan Baybosynov and driver Vasily Zhuravlev were found on the outskirts of Almaty. All with gunshot wounds, testifying to the work of professionals (the so-called "control shots").

The tragic death of one of the most influential Kazakhstani oppositionists caused a wide resonance in the society. The opposition of Kazakhstan in its appeal called this crime "political terror unleashed by destructive forces in power."

Moreover, the death of one of the main ideologists of the opposition literally shocked almost the entire intelligentsia and diplomatic agencies. As acknowledged by many experts, it was Sarsenbayev who was the strongest opponent of the authorities, who managed to unite a number of prominent businessmen and politicians against the presidential family.


From 1992 to 2002, Altynbek Sarsenbayev held various positions in the state apparatus, including the Minister of Information. From 2002 to November 2003, he was the ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Russia, since 2003 he was the co-chairman of the Ak-Zhol Democratic Party, and in 2004 he was again appointed Minister of Information in Kazakhstan, but quickly said goodbye to his post in protest against falsification of parliamentary elections in the same year.

Sarsenbayev often had friction with the authorities. According to some reports, it was he who managed in the fall of 2001 to consolidate the political establishment against the very influential then senior son-in-law of President Rakhat Aliyev. At the end of 2004, he was suing the daughter of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Dariga Nazarbayeva, who was accused of having monopolized the Kazakh media market and plundering state funds. But the court did not take the arguments of the opposition ...

Representatives of the Political For Fair Kazakhstan movement stated that “Sarsenbayev took a principled and consistent position with regard to the existing regime of personal power, and the complete absence of any domestic, personal and financial reasons leave no doubt about the political nature of this murder.”

Representatives of the official authorities, on the contrary, try to reassure the public, urging not to politicize the events that happened ahead of time.

“Unprecedented measures were taken to search for criminals. But the fact that some people single out one of the versions now is that they are trying to lead the investigation along the wrong path, ”believes Yermukhamet Yertysbayev, the Minister of Information, Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.


As it is known, the death of Altynbek Sarsenbayev is not the only one that has recently caused a stir in the society .. On November 12, 2005, Kazakhstanis learned about the strange death of another well-known opposition figure Zamanbek Nurkadilov, who openly opposed Nazarbayev. Officially, this was called suicide, although many still, to put it mildly, doubt that suicide with three shots is possible.

Recall that Nurkadilov in the early years of the reign of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, was one of the most influential people in the country. For 9 years he was the mayor (mayor) of Almaty, then the capital of Kazakhstan, from 1998 to 2001 he was the akim of Almaty region and from 2001 to 2004 he was the chairman of the agency for emergency situations. In 2004, Nurkadilov began to speak out with harsh criticism of the head of state.

According to representatives of the opposition, Zamanbek Nurkadilov was killed, “in order to eliminate a dangerous person at that time, who had compromising information, could complicate the situation on the eve of the election of the President of Kazakhstan, intended to make sharp and weighty statements”. So, in particular, considers Gulzhan Yergaliyeva, a member of the presidium of the For Fair Kazakhstan movement.

The disputes, although more restrained, also arose in relation to the death of the chairman of the board of the Kazakhstan bank TuranAlem, Yerzhan Tatishev. He died on December 4, 2004. The main version of the incident - an accident on the hunt. Allegedly, the banker passed the gun to himself, and it accidentally fired. The death of the banker then caused a smaller resonance, but now she is acquiring other shades.


“Unfortunately, the system in Kazakhstan has developed in such a way that there is no independent justice in the country, and there is no investigation free from the influence of the authorities. All are influenced by certain groups. And in some cases it is more expensive to disclose a crime than not to disclose it at all. And this is precisely what produces impunity, ”said Yevgeny Zhovtis, director of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, in an interview with Oasis.

The facts of the tragic events give rise to doubts about the prevailing stereotype about a safe and stable situation in Kazakhstan - under very mysterious circumstances in Kazakhstan, famous and influential people began to die regularly.

At the same time, Kazakhstani officials are equally regularly trying to reassure the public. After the death of Altynbek Sarsenbayev, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Maksimov, said that, despite everything, Kazakhstan remains the safest country in the CIS.

It is not known what the verdict on the case of Altynbek Sarsenbayev will be rendered. Some analysts doubt that the authorities will make public the real information about the perpetrators and the causes of Sarsenbayev’s death.

“Law enforcement agencies in certain cases are guided not so much by the establishment of truth and the observance of the law, but rather by the political situation, the established balance of power. And they are trying to find completely implausible explanations, ”explains Yevgeny Zhovtis.

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Altynbek Sarsenbayev was born on September 12, 1962 in the village of Kainar, Narynkol District, Alma-Ata Region. Graduated from S. Kirov Kazakh State University Moscow State University im. MV Lomonosov (1985). Doctor of Political Sciences. After graduation, he worked as an editor, senior editor of KazTAG (1985-1987); editor, executive secretary of the magazine “Arai” - “Zarya” (1987-1989); editor of the newspaper "Orken" - "Horizon" (1989-1992 gg.). Head of the Department of Culture and Interethnic Relations (March-August 1992); head of the internal policy department of the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1992-1993). Minister of Press and Mass Media (1993-1995); Chairman of the National Agency for Press and Mass Media (1995-1997); Minister of Information and Public Accord (1997-1999); Minister of Culture, Information and Public Accord (1999-2001); Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan (May-December 2001). From January 25, 2002 to November 4, 2003 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation.

From November 9, 2003 - Co-Chairman (together with B. Abilov, L. Zhulanova, A. Baymenov and U. Dzhandosov) of the democratic party Ak Zhol / Shining Path of Kazakhstan (elected at the next congress). In July - September 2004 - Minister of Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
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