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PostRakhat Aliyev Found Hanged in Austrian Jail (Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 02/26/15 3:56 am)
To answer John's question very briefly: Aliyev was the husband of the elder daughter of President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. At different times he was a businessman and a deputy chief of the Kazakhstan security service, as it should be.
Then he made a grave mistake of deciding to run for the presidency and was sent away to Austria as the ambassador. Here he launched a campaign against his father-in-law (how very stupid!), wrote a book and broke with the regime. Naturally, he lost his post, his wife and his fortune. Thanks to some good contacts in Vienna (and, without doubt, some funds that he managed to transfer to Austria while he was the ambassador), Aliyev managed to receive a so-called fereigner's passport that allowed him to escape to Malta. There he spent some time, married his former secretary and changed his name.
For whatever reason, he came back to Austria some short time ago and was immediately arrested in the airport. A common procedure, I must say; this happened several time before (Alexander Zaporozhsky is the best example). Now, waiting for extradition in an Austrian prison, Aliyev was found hanged this morning. As mentioned, there is no way he could have done it himself, although the Austrian authorities claim it is a suicide.
What else they can say?
JE comments: My thanks to Boris Volodarsky for the overview. Is it correct to say that the Nazarbayev-Putin relationship has always been cozy?