The Oligarch, the Bank, and the Battle With Astana
© 09.08.2013

Kazakhstani authorities paint him as a cunning fraudster, but banker Mukhtar Ablyazov casts himself as a principled fighter and a victim of persecution. 

Now that Kazakhstani oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov has been apprehended, banking officials in Kazakhstan are striving to recover as much as they can of the $6 billion he is accused of embezzling. Meanwhile, officials in Astana are pressing for Ablyazov’s extradition while his supporters contend he would not receive a fair trial in Kazakhstan.

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