09ASTANA586, KAZAKHSTAN: LIFE ON THE STEPPE, MARCH 28 – APRIL 3

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09ASTANA586 2009-04-03 10:10 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000586 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM SOCI KDEM KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  LIFE ON THE STEPPE, MARCH 28 - APRIL 3 
 
ASTANA 00000586  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
1.  This is another in a series of weekly cables drawn mostly from 
public media, as well as think-tank, NGO, and opposition web-sites, 
selected to show the diversity of life in Kazakhstan, and 
information about it available to citizens of Kazakhstan.  Our goal 
is to choose what might interest and be of use to various end-users 
in Washington and -- especially -- to provide a more complex view 
from the other side of the world, illustrating the vitality (and 
sometimes the quirkiness) of discourse available to citizens of 
Kazakhstan. 
 
KICK HIM WHILE HE'S DOWN 
 
2.  Sergey Tupitsyn, until recently an aspiring, well-regarded local 
politician and activist, has experienced a rapid fall from grace.  A 
member of the Pavlodar maslikhat (city council), chairman of Nur 
Otan party's youth wing in Pavlodar oblast, a member of the 
government's Council for Youth Issues, winner of multiple state 
award and prizes, and holder of four advanced degrees, Tupitsyn was 
dismissed from the Nur Otan party under accusations of 
"megalomania."  Tupitsyn has also been sentenced to two years of 
imprisonment for beating up his neighbor.  One of the most respected 
party members suddenly has become a pariah. 
 
3.  "Tupitsyn chairs an association, which includes 13 NGOs.  The 
association was always winning tenders and receiving government 
orders worth millions," one of his former colleagues now claims. 
"In March 2008, several officials from Pavlodar's city 
administration said that Tupitsyn pressured them to grant government 
tenders to his affiliates.  If they refused to give the grants, the 
head of the council's revision commission would start endless 
inspections." 
 
4.  "We have received complaints from citizens, accusing Tupitsyn of 
megalomania," another former colleague says.  "A survey on the work 
of the town council and its members, held by the regional management 
school public foundation, showed that people view Tupitsyn as an 
arrogant, haughty man, driving a foreign car with tinted windows. 
The administration of Pavlodar gave him a new Ford Mondeo for 
official business, but the car was mostly seen at night and near 
restaurants." 
 
"MISBEHAVING" BOY PUT IN "SOLITARY" DETENTION 
 
5.  A "misbehaving" seven-year old child spent several hours in the 
"solitary confinement" of a tiny office in a village school near 
Aktobe after his teacher locked him in and conveniently "forgot" 
about the boy.  According to the boy's parents, he spent more than 
three hours in the office and was only able to escape when he broke 
through a window.  To add insult to injury, the school has demanded 
that the boy's parents pay for the window that the first-grader 
broke.  In a statement explaining the incident, the teacher pleaded 
ignorance and claimed that she did not notice that the boy was 
missing.   However, according to the director of local Department 
for Children's Rights, that would not be an easy feat since the 
village school only has a total of 20 students, and just six of 
those attend the first grade. 
 
POLICE AND SPECIAL FORCES FREE HOSTAGE 
 
6. The economic crisis has been causing people to find increasingly 
creative ways to earn money.  Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence 
suggests that property crime has increased as well.  In a joint 
operation, the Almaty police department and the government's Arlan 
special forces unit freed a 32-year old hostage who was kidnapped 
several weeks ago and held for 16 days in a basement near Almaty. 
The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $80,000 in exchange for the 
man's life.  The businessman from Almaty was abducted in broad 
daylight, when several masked men in a black BMW cut him off while 
he was crossing a street and then forced him into their car.  After 
a thorough beating, the hostage was forced to phone his parents and 
ask them to pay the ransom.  The parents did not turn to the police 
for ten days and tried to negotiate with the kidnappers on their 
own.  Failing in that effort, they finally involved the police, who 
established contact with the kidnappers.  In a meeting where the 
ransom money was to be dropped off, all the kidnappers were 
captured.  They are currently awaiting trial. 
 
SHYMKENT'S PASTRY CHEFS BUILD GIANT YURT CAKE 
 
ASTANA 00000586  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
 
7. Local pastry chefs gave an unusual and possibly record-setting 
present to the residents of Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan. 
 For the Nauryz (Persian New Year) hol
iday, 35 chefs "built" a 
two-meter-tall yurt made out of honey, dough, raisins and nuts.  To 
build the giant cake, they used 2,650 eggs, 370 pounds of flour, 205 
liters of vegetable oil, 11 pounds of each nuts and raisins, and 160 
pounds of each sugar and honey.  Since no car was big enough to 
actually carry the cake, the chefs had to load it onto an excavator 
to drive it to Shymkent's main square.  Despite the possible 
record-setting size of the yurt cake, its creators do not plan to 
pursue an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.  "Our main 
task is to keep people in good spirits," said Elena Kharitidi, one 
of the organizers of the event. 
 
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