08ASTANA2551, KAZAKHSTAN HANDS OVER NON-PAPER AND COURT DOSSIER

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08ASTANA2551 2008-12-24 10:29 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 002551 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, DRL, H 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/24/2028 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PROP KCRM KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN HANDS OVER NON-PAPER AND COURT DOSSIER 
ON RAKHAT ALIYEV 
 
REF: A. ASTANA 2457 
     B. ASTANA 2450 
     C. ASTANA 2445 
     D. ASTANA 2362 (NODIS 
     E. NOTAL) 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland:  1.4 (B), (D) 
 
1.  (C) SUMMARY:  A government of Kazakhstan non-paper 
alleges that President Nursultan Nazarbayev's exiled 
ex-son-in-law Rakhat Aliyev has hired U.S. public relations 
firms to build the case that he is a political dissident 
standing up to a tyrannical and corrupt Nazarbayev, with the 
ultimate goal of gaining political asylum in the United 
States.  We caution against seeing Aliyev as a "democratic 
golden boy."  Likely as corrupt as anyone else in the 
inner-circle of the ruling elite, he is involved in a 
monumental power struggle with his ex-father-in-law.  END 
SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (C) As follow-up to the Ambassador's December 10 meeting 
with Presidential Chief of Staff Aslan Musin (reftel B), 
Deputy Foreign Minister Khairat Sarybay called in the 
Ambassador on December 23 to present the "further 
information" on President Nazarbayev's exiled ex-son-in-law 
Rakhat Aliyev Musin had promised to provide.  Sarybay handed 
over a non-paper in English and Russian and copies in Russian 
of the proceedings of the two trials that convicted Aliyev in 
absentia.  The Ambassador confirmed the government of 
Kazakhstan does not expect an official response to the 
non-paper, although Sarybay said any response from the U.S. 
side, including further information on Aliyev's activities, 
would be welcome.  Ambassador thanked Sarybay for the 
non-paper and dossier, and reiterated the United States has 
no contact, and wants no contact, with Aliyev; we want the 
widest space possible between us and him.  Lightly edited 
text of the non-paper follows. 
 
3.  (SBU) BEGIN TEXT: 
 
Non-paper 
 
December 23, 2008 
 
The aim of this document is to expose the activity of Rakhat 
Aliyev who is hiding abroad from Kazakhstan's justice.  He 
was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Kazakhstan for 
grave crimes.  The details of the charges against him can be 
found in the attached copies of the courts' verdicts. 
 
Rakhat Aliyev has been actively involved in discrediting 
Kazakhstan's internal and external policies.  In order to 
achieve his goals, he uses a number of U.S. legal and 
consulting companies, such as Baker and Hostetler LLC, The 
Ashcroft Group, and Kroll Inc. 
 
With the help of the above-mentioned companies, Rakhat Aliyev 
tries to undermine Kazakhstan's reputation in the eyes of the 
U.S. executive and legislative authorities and the American 
public through spreading falsified documents.  However, 
Rakhat Aliyev's criminal records, and the fact that he is 
wanted by Kazakh and international law-enforcement agencies, 
is carefully hidden.  In contrast, he is portrayed as a 
"political dissident," which contradicts the truth. 
 
A number of materials, concerning Kazakhstan's leadership 
have been sent by Rakhat Aliyev with the help of Baker and 
Hostetler LLC to various U.S. law-enforcement agencies -- in 
particular, to the District Prosecutor of New York City 
Robert Morgenthau and to the FBI. 
 
These (public relations) companies have also helped Rakhat 
Aliyev to spread false information about Kazakhstan's 
political and economic situations among the leading U.S. 
 
ASTANA 00002551  002 OF 002 
 
 
media, such as "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Washington 
Times."  Besides that, some attempts were noted to establish 
contacts with "The New York Times," "The Los Angeles Times," 
and TV channels like CNBC and CBS, as well as others. 
 
Rakhat Aliyev is also trying to obtain support from the U.S. 
Administration and from officials of Congress in order to 
convince them to take a negative stance on Kazakhstan's 
Chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010, to doubt Kazakhstan's 
democratic and human rights records, and to question the 
Kazakhstan-U.S. strategic partnership. 
 
All of these steps taken by Rakhat Aliyev are aimed to help 
him to escape justice, portray himself as a "victim" of 
political persecution, and, if possible, to get U.S. 
protection (political asylum). 
 
This information will allow the U.S. government to understand 
the real motives of Rakhat Aliyev, whose reputation is well 
known by the public in Kazakhstan, and who is trying hard to &#x00
0A;escape from inevitable justice with the help of some American 
companies that he hired with illegally obtained money. 
 
END TEXT. 
 
4.  (C) COMMENT:  That Aliyev might have hired Western PR 
companies rings true to us, especially because articles in 
"The Washington Times" and, especially, "The Wall Street 
Journal" have been decidedly pro-Aliyev and anti-Nazarbayev. 
We caution against seeing Aliyev as a "democratic golden 
boy."  Likely as corrupt as anyone else in the inner-circle 
of the ruling elite, he is involved in a monumental power 
struggle with his ex-father-in-law.  To the government of 
Kazakhstan, we will continue to maintain the position that we 
have no contact with Aliyev and want no contact with him. 
END COMMENT. 
HOAGLA ND

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