07ASTANA827, NEW HEAD OF MVD ANTI-NARCOTICS AGENCY IN KAZAKHSTAN

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07ASTANA827 2007-04-03 02:32 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 030232Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8962
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0107
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RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC//USDP EURASIA//
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC//USDP-SOLIC-CN//
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC//IET//
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHDC

UNCLAS ASTANA 000827 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (OMARA), PM/ISO, INR, INL/AAE (ALTON AND CARROLL) 
 
SIPDIS 
 
TAGS: SNAR PREL ASEC KZ
SUBJECT: NEW HEAD OF MVD ANTI-NARCOTICS AGENCY IN KAZAKHSTAN 
 
 
1.  Summary: Major-General Maratkali Ordabayevich Nukenov has been 
appointed the Head of the Kazakhstani Committee on Combating Drug 
Trafficking and Controlling Circulation of Narcotics of the Ministry 
of Internal Affairs.  The new Chairman replaces 49 year-old 
Major-General Anatoliy Vyborov, who submitted his resignation to the 
Minister of Internal Affairs on March 16.  End summary. 
 
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NEW "DRUG TSAR" 
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2.  According to Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency, Maratkali Nukenov 
was appointed chairman of the Committee on Combating Drug 
Trafficking and Controlling Circulation of Narcotics on March 21, 
2007, by Minister of Internal Affairs Baurzhan Mukhamedzhanov. 
Since 2003, Nukenov worked as the Head of the Department of Internal 
Affairs of Aktyubinskaya oblast (Western Kazakhstan).  In previous 
years Nukenov worked in different positions at the Department of 
Internal Affairs of Almaty region and was the Deputy of the 
Committee for National Security.  In 1978 he obtained his degree in 
law at Karaganda Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 
 
 
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INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: POSITIVE 
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3.  On March 26, EmbOffs met with the new chairman to discuss future 
plans for implementation of the INL project on strengthening 
internal anti-narcotics "Rubezh" checkpoints located on north-south 
traffic arteries in Kazakhstan.  Nukenov expressed continued support 
for the Rubezh project and said he looked forward to continued 
collaboration with the INL office. 
 
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VYBOROV'S RESIGNATION AND HIS FUTURE 
------------------------------------ 
 
4.  Major-General of the police Anatoliy Nikolaevich Vyborov, with 
the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) since 1979, was appointed 
Vice-Minister and Chairman of the Committee on Combating Drugs in 
April 2004.  Vyborov lost the vice minister position in March 2006. 
In a March 27 interview with the "Vremya" newspaper, Vyborov said 
that following his resignation as chairman of the committee, he 
would remain on the rolls of the MVD and retain his rank, privileges 
and seniority. 
 
5.  Although the GOK has not made an official announcement, the same 
Vremya article speculated that Vyborov will head the Central Asian 
Regional Coordination and Information Center (CARICC) located in 
Almaty.  Vyborov told EmbOff that the speculation about his 
appointment is a bit premature (although he did not disguise his 
interest in the position) because the agreement to establish CARICC 
has only been signed by five of seven member states and is awaiting 
signatures of the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan.  (Note: 
According to the founding documents of CARRIC, the Director will be 
chosen by agreement of all participating countries once the 
remaining two countries sign the agreement.  End note.)  Once 
operational, the Center will be a regional body that will coordinate 
joint anti-narcotics operations by member states, analyze criminal 
developments in Central Asia, and promote information exchange 
between member-states. 
 
 
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COMMENT 
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6.  While post found Vyborov to be an excellent interlocutor and 
will regret his departure, initial impressions of Nukenov are 
favorable.  Based on the initial meeting he appears to be a serious, 
action-oriented individual. 
 
ORDWAY

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