08ASTANA691, EXBS KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (MARCH

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08ASTANA691 2008-04-09 11:25 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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R 091125Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2184
RUEAORC/US CUSTOMS SERVICE WASHDC
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RULSJGA/COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC 0101
RHEBAAA/USDOE WASHDC//NNSA//
RUEKJCS/JCS WASHDC 0026
RUCQAAA/USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0469
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK 8263
RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 8146
RUEHKB/AMEMBASSY BAKU 0042
RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 2346
RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT 7314
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0369

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ASTANA 000691 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC YWONG, ACHURCH, JHARTSHORN, SROBINSON 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC-AMT LSPRINGER 
DEPT FOR EUR/ACE DFISCHER 
DEPT FOR SCA/RA JSPILSBURY 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN MO'MARA 
DEPT PLEASE PASS TO EXPORT CONTROL AND RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
CBP/INA FOR KCHAISSON AND RWATT 
USDOE/NNSA CWALKER, TPERRY AND EDESCHLER 
DOC FOR DCREED 
USCG FOR SHABETIMICHAEL 
AMEMBASSY BERLIN FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE 
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT, BISHKEK, BAKU, DUSHANBE AND ASHGABAT FOR EXBS 
ADVISORS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP KZ
SUBJECT: EXBS KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR'S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (MARCH 
2008) 
 
I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
1.  President Bush nominated Richard E. Hoagland to be U.S. 
Ambassador to Kazakhstan.  Mr. Hoagland, a career member of the 
Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Charge d' Affaires at 
the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan. Prior to this, he served as U.S. 
Ambassador to Tajikistan. Earlier in his career, he served as 
Director of the State Department's Office of Caucasus and Central 
Asian Affairs. 
 
2. On March 27, the Customs Service of Kazakhstan seized 537 kilos 
(1,181.4 pounds) of heroin at the Kairak customs checkpoint, located 
180 kilometers from Kostanai city in the Kostanaiskaya oblast 
(Northern Kazakhstan) on the border with Russia.  The heroin was 
hidden under a false bottom of a Volvo refrigerated truck with 
Russian license plates.  The truck, which entered Kazakhstan from 
Uzbekistan, was about to depart Kazakhstan for Russia when an export 
control examination, using a stationary TC-Scan x-ray machine, 
detected the false bottom.  A subsequent search of the vehicle 
revealed the heroin.  The two Russian drivers were arrested. 
 
II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
1.  On March 7, 2008, the EXBS program manager met with Rear Admiral 
Abileyev, Maritime Border Guard Service, and was informed of a major 
engine problem with the Sea Ark vessel.  The Sea Ark, which was a 
1996 donation, has a fuel leak.  The status of the Sea Ark is 
certain to be a major topic of discussion during the visit of Lt. 
Michael Fisher, EXBS Caspian Regional Advisor, to Bautino, 
Kazakhstan, during April 23-24, 2008. 
 
2.  On March 11, 2008, the EXBS advisor met with three British 
counterterrorism desk officers from their London office at the 
request of British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Mike Welch.  U.S. 
Embassy personnel also attending this meeting included Steven Fagin, 
Chief of Pol/Econ, Richard Damstra, Pol/Econ officer, and Howard 
Leabetter, legal attache.  The EXBS advisor limited his 
participation in this meeting to an overview of EXBS and Second Line 
of Defense activities in Kazakhstan. 
 
3.  On March 20, 2008, the EXBS advisor attended a Security 
Assistance Working Group (SAWG) meeting held in Astana, Kazakhstan. 
Among the topics discussed were the proposed U.S. Department of 
Energy's AirConOps program and possible meetings with a variety of 
concerned agencies within the Government of Kazakhstan. 
 
4.  On March 26, 2008, the EXBS advisor participated in a Kazakhstan 
Action Officer Working Group at the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense. 
Also representing the U.S. were officers from the Naval Forces 
Central Command (NAVCENT), the Arizona National Guard (AZNG), the 
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the International Narcotics 
and Law Enforcement office (INL), and the Office of Military 
Cooperation (OMC).  The Border Guard Service of the Kazakhstan 
National Security Committee was represented by Captain Nurakhmetov, 
Captain Khasanov, LTC Akhmedov, and CPT Tusupbekova.  Discussions 
during this meeting focused on the Border Guards' training and 
equipment needs. 
 
5.  On March 27, 2008, the EXBS team attended meetings between Major 
Alexandra Vozhakova, Head of the Radioactive Materials and Technical 
 
ASTANA 00000691  002 OF 003 
 
 
Means Department of the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee, Robert 
E. Upchurch, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Wayne M. Lechelt, 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  The purpose was to discuss 
the development of a Second Line of Defense training curriculum and 
to assess the Customs Control Committee's current training materials 
and other products.  Discussions included how SLD materials may be 
modified to meet the Kazakhstani government's requirements for 
operation of the radiation detection equipment. 
 
6.  On Saturday, March 29, 2008, a follow-up meeting on Second Line 
of Defense training was attended by the EXBS team at the Astana 
Intercontinental Hotel.  During this meeting Major Alexandra 
Vozhakova, Head of Radioactive Materials and Technical Means 
Department of the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee, informed 
Robert E. Upchurch, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Wayne M. 
Lechelt, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, of the Kazakhstan 
Customs Control Committee's desire to create a regional training 
center near Astana that would be modeled after the Interdict/RADACAD 
course conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) 
Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response 
(HAMMER) training center, in Richland, Washington.  This facility 
would be a regional training center designed for frontline officers 
and teach techniques in the detection, identification, and 
interdiction of illicit transfers of radioactive materials, 
commodities, and components used in the development, production, or 
deployment of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass 
effect (WME), and their associated delivery systems. 
 
B.  TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
1.  None 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
1.  None 
 
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE 
 
1. The Department of Energy Second Line of Defense 
Program is continuing its project to install radiation portal 
monitors at border crossing sites.  The SLD equipment is being 
installed at nine locations but can not be officially transferred to 
the Customs Control Committee until the CTR Umbrella agreement has 
been ratified by Kazakhstan. 
 
2.  A Diplomatic Note was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
informing the Government of Kazakhstan of the proposed Safe Boat 
Operations Course for Kazakhstani Maritime Border Guards that will 
be conducted in Aktau, Kazakhstan, by the U.S. Coast Guard from July 
5 to August 1, 2008. 
 
E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NONPROLIFERATION, OR 
RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
 
1. None 
 
F. CASPIAN SECURITY INFORMATION 
 
1. On March 5, 2008, the EXBS program manager assisted the assisted 
the Maritime Border Guard Service in Aktau with the procurement of 
supplies needed to paint the three Safe boats donated by EXBS in 
2006.  Two of these vessels should be returned to active duty during 
 
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April 2008 after being painted.  The third vessel has a mechanical 
defect which needs to be repaired before it can be placed back in 
the water. 
 
III. RED FLAG ISSUES. 
 
1. None 
 
ORDWAY

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