Corruption!

*Nazarbayev Purges Army of Corrupt Top Brass*

One month after the dismissal of Kazakhstan's Defense Minister Daniyal
Akhmetov by presidential decree on June 17, persistent rumors are still
circulating about his alleged suicide.

KAZAKHSTAN: CORRUPTION SCANDALS AN INDICATOR OF CLAN INFIGHTING IN ASTANA?

If reports coming out of Astana are to be believed, corruption and mismanagement are eating away at the core of the Kazakh state. According to official information, bureaucrats -- from ministers on down -- have either been helping themselves to government funds or, at the very least, making ill-informed decisions that have incurred billions of dollars in losses. But some opposition figures believe the proliferation of corruption cases in Kazakhstan is an outgrowth of a behind-the-scenes power struggle.
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