Dariga, the eldest daughter of ex-President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, did not attend the plenary session of the lower house of parliament, of which she is a member. About it writes Interfax.
The press service of the parliament said that she was “on sick leave”, but did not specify the details.
Assistant to Dariga Nazarbayeva Zhanna Ermekova told to the Orda.kz publication that she contracted a coronavirus infection. She also added that Nazarbayeva was allegedly “at home in Almaty”.
It is still unknown where Nursultan Nazarbayev is located. The Sota edition, citing political scientist Arkady Dubnov, wrote that Nazarbayev may be in China. Dubnov also told the publication that one nephew of Nazarbayev, billionaire and patron of Kazakhstani religious radicals, Kairat Satybaldy, was arrested in Dubai, and the second, General and First Deputy Head of the NKB Samat Abish Satybaldy, was detained.
Later Beijing denied reports that Nazarbayev is in China.
Nursultan Nazarbayev and all his relatives, including the detainees, belong to the Shapyrashty clan of the Uysun Senior Union, which owned huge funds from the gas processing enterprises. The historian and orientalist Andrei Zubov writes about this. The current head of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, also has family ties with the Senior Zhuz, although in the clan system he always played the role of a “poor relative,” which soon allowed him to seriously think about a presidential career supported by the funds and influence of wealthy relatives.
It also became known that at the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai landed E35L board of the Embraer Legacy 650 aircraft, which took off from the capital of Kazakhstan on the night of January 6. Flight data was hidden. The plane may belong to the National Guard of the Republic.
The non-profit group C4ADS has collaborated with OCCRP to publish investigation, according to which the unregistered property of the family of ex-President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev is located in Dubai. According to the authors of the investigation, the grandson of Nazarbayev, Nurali Aliyev, the former head of the National Security Committee Karim Massimov and the son-in-law of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Timur Kulibayev, have residences in Dubai.
In early January, protests broke out in several cities of Kazakhstan, which continued for several days. During this time, more than a hundred protesters were killed, and the number of those detained approached the mark of six thousand people. The protests were triggered by a sharp rise in prices for liquefied gas, but subsequently the residents of Kazakhstan began to put forward political demands – in particular, the departure of Nursultan Nazarbayev from politics.