08ASTANA2084, KAZAKHSTAN: TIMUR KULIBAYEV NAMED AS CO-DEPUTY HEAD OF

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08ASTANA2084 2008-10-20 12:16 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS ASTANA 002084 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, EEB 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PINR ECON EFIN KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  TIMUR KULIBAYEV NAMED AS CO-DEPUTY HEAD OF 
SAMRUK-KAZYNA 
 
REF:  ASTANA 2070 
 
1.  (U) Sensitive but unclassified.  Not for public Internet. 
 
2. (U) On October 17, President Nazarbayev's son-in-law, Timur 
Kulibayev, was appointed as one of two Deputy Chairman of the 
Management Board of the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, which 
was established on October 13 through the merger of the Samruk state 
assets holding company and the Kazyna Sustainable Development Fund, 
ostensibly as a means to help Kazakhstan deal with the global 
financial crisis.  Arman Dunayev, the former head of Kazyna, was 
named as the second Deputy Chairman.  As reported in reftel, Kairat 
Kelimbetov will head Samruk-Kazyna as Chairman of the Management 
Board.  In addition, Prime Minister Masimov will serve as Chairman 
of Samruk-Kazyna's outside Board of Directors. 
 
3. (SBU) COMMENT:  While the terminology may be somewhat confusing, 
the chairman of a management board in Kazakhstan is the equivalent 
of a corporate president or CEO in the United States.  This means 
that Kulibayev and Dunayev will effectively be Samruk-Kazyna's two 
senior vice presidents.  Along with his Samruk-Kazyna appointment, 
Kulibayev was simultaneously recommended for appointment as Chairman 
of the outside Board of Directors of KazAtomProm, the state's 
nuclear holding company.  Kulibayev had not held any official 
appointment since he was relieved of his duties as Deputy Chairman 
of the Management Board of Samruk in September 2007, when President 
Nazarbayev moved to sideline his remaining relatives following his 
falling out with his former son-in-law, Rakhat Aliyev.  Since that 
time, Kulibayev's only position was as head of KazEnergy, a private 
industry association of oil and gas companies.  In recent months, 
Kulibayev had become more publicly visible and vocal on energy 
issues.  His appointment to Samruk-Kazyna and likely appointment to 
KazAtomProm indicate that he has been rehabilitated and will once 
again be a preeminent force to be reckoned with on the energy, 
economic, and political fronts.  END COMMENT. 
 
HOAGLAND

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