Over recent years different sources of financing of radical opposition and destructive forces, the main objective of which is to destabilize the internal political situation in countries of the post-Soviet space, have become highly active.
One such financial provocateur of political shake-ups in CIS republics is the fugitive and criminal oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, who organizes through structures under his control (the main one being the Open Dialogue Fund based in Warsaw) sponsorship of different destructive movements and their leaders. Particularly noteworthy is that different powerful political activists, including certain head of states of post-Soviet countries, are joining the fray thanks to the financial support of the fugitive financier.
For example, Ablyazov himself immediately after he was released from prison in France, where he was waiting for the ruling of the French Ministry of Justice regarding his extradition to Russia, said for the first time in an interview that he was one of the main political strategists and sponsors of the April revolution in 2010 in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan.
As a reminder, the political rallies that provocateurs stirred up and financed by the oligarch at the time evolved into mass public riots that resulted in numerous human fatalities. The revolution let to the flight of President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiev from his country and the takeover of power by the current head of state Almazbek Atambayev.
According to the recollections of eyewitnesses, Atambayev did not participate in the April revolution. He simply sat at home and waited for the military forces financed personally by Ablyazov to give him the credentials of the president. During the recent presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, Atambayev was again forced to request financial assistance to the fugitive oligarch. This time it was to put his personal heir to the post of the country’s head of state.
The reason he turned to the financial swindler was quite simple – one of the possible leaders in the election race Omurbek Babanov was seriously ahead of his rival candidate and promised that if he comes to power he will “get down to the bottom” of all the perfidy of the outgoing president of the Kyrgyz Republic, including financial schemes in which many relatives and close friends of Atambayev are involved.
To be sure, a number of Kyrgyz political experts believe that the victory of Babanov was a total disaster for Atambayev, who over the years that he served as the leader of Kyrgyzstan, managed to monopolize all the key sectors of the country’s economy in the hands of his personal family. Noteworthy is that the criminal oligarch Ablyazov was involved in Atambayev’s shady state business as gratitude for the aforementioned financial support and received a nice “piece of the pie” through affiliated companies.
According to the investigation of journalists, the financial assistance rendered to Ablyazov in September-October 2017 went down two paths.
Just as in 2010, Ablyazov’s capital went to stir up the internal political situation in Ukraine and the formation of a negative attitude of the public towards political opponents of his protégée Atambayev. With their assistance protest rallies were organized in a number of regions of the country against the candidate for the presidential office Babanov and his meeting with the people was discredited by the announcement of accusations of corruption and applying dishonest methods of gaining voters his pre-election campaign.
Aside from that, a massive information campaign was launched by Babanov as a result of which mass media controlled by the oligarch and the ruling powers banned ordered articles containing fictitious compromising material.
As a result of the financial lobby organized by the criminal banker, the candidate convenient for the Ablyazov-Atambayev duo won the presidential elections with an overwhelming majority of votes.
Certain journalists in Kyrgyzstan asked, “Why did Ablyazov help his rival Atambayev this time and what dividends could he stand to gain from a victory in the elections?”
In the opinion of representatives of the mass media of Kyrgyzstan, at first glance the financial participation in the presidential elections of the criminal banker Ablyazov, who took the most powerful BTA bank of Kazakstan for US $7.5 billion, was an attempt to gain the routine profits in the from the undervaluing of the largest enterprises and other property.
However, some political scientists draw the conclusion that the plans of the oligarch are much more visible to the public eye. The fact is that he is only interested in destabilizing the situation in post-Soviet countries, particularly in Central Asia, by inciting inter-state conflicts and ethnic hatred. In this case, it applies specifically to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
So, it turns out that in exchange for his assistance, Ablyazov put one condition to Atambayev – Kyrgyzstan should engaged in a dispute with Kazakhstan.
The grateful president of Kyrgyzstan was forced to settle payments at the start of October and then criticized the domestic policy of the neighbouring republic and accused the leadership of the country of “incompetent governance”. A bit later, the administration of Atambayev sparked a scandal around the situation on the Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border when Kazakh state bodies tried to cut off the flow of import of “raw materials” from China through Kyrgyzstan to the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), thereby dodging payment of the customs tariff and inflicting monetary losses to member countries of that organization.
Despite all the absurdity, official Bishkek filed a complaint to the WTO and, at the same time, announced that Astana plans to develop the European Economic Union.
Also, a month later Atambayev and his government threatened Astana on more than one occasion and filed a complaint to international organizations that Bishkek is observing international agreements to the damage of the interests of Kyrgyzstan.
Besides that, the ruling power in Kyrgyzstan spread information that was blown out of proportion among the people about the “superiority of the Kazakh people” and “infringing of the rights of the Krygyz people” Attempts were made to incite ethnic hatred and stir up negative relations towards the neighbouring republic at the domestic level.
It is worth pointing out that earlier similar anti-Kazakh rallies were initiated by structures that were controlled by Ablyazov in Russia. For example, one year ago a court in Moscow found one of the leaders of Russian nationalists Aleksandr Potkin guilty of aiding and abetting the Kazakh banker Ablyazovin forming an extremist society to organize anti-government speeches on the territory of Northern Kazakhstan.
It turns out that Plotkin is the creator of the Internet project “Evil Kazakh” upon the order of Ablyazov with the aim of initiating mass anti-government rallies on the territory of Kazakhstan. A Russian court found Potkin guilty of “inciting ethnic hatred, creation of an extremist society and public challenges to extremist activity.”
At the same time, Ablyazov is actively devising the possibility of destabilization of the situation in the Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russian vector This time the target of the criminal oligarch was the same as the one that was contrived in 2010 in Kyrgyzstan to give stimulus to the growth of anti-government sentiments inside the country and enhance the probability of anti-Constitutional change of power to the maximum.
Of course, this time exclusively within the confines of one republic without the compulsory condition of “incursions:” on Astana is apparently due to the geographic distance of these countries and the absence of any inter-state problematic issues.
In order to shake up the internal situation in Belarus, the fugitive criminal activated the efforts of the Free Dialogue Fund under his control, which became the key source of financing and political support of a number of Belorussian opposition organizations, whose leaders were sentenced to prison for extremist and subversive activities
For example, as Belarus political scientist write Ablyazov for a long period of time has been developing solid contacts with the manager of the “Open Belarus” fund Dmitri Surba, who has the status of political refugee in Poland. According to an inquiry of official Minsk, Surba has long been on the red list of Interpol.
The role of Surba determined by Ablyazov is quite simple: he should give a speech on all European squares and in all social networks on behalf of the Belarusan opposition criticizing the policy of the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko. At the same time, Surba is being nurtured by Ablyazov as an “inspirational idealist” for holding anti-governmental protests in Minsk as early as next year. The rallies should incite mass speeches and disorder, which by the scenario of oligarchs, might lead to if not a routine revolution, then at the very least to quicker holding of snap parliamentary and presidential elections in the country, which is planned for 2020 according to the timetable.
Chairman of the “Belarus Center in Ukraine” Vyacheslav Sivchik together with the “Together” solidarity movement became et another Belarusan radical financed by Ablyazov.
Today, Sivchik has close ties with Aidos Sadykov, who currently resides in Kyiv, is one of the supporters of Ablyazov and is actively promoting through social networks the holding of mass protests by Belarusans on any pretext: from rising prices to violation of human rights.
It is said that politics is becoming as addictive as drugs and Ablyazov is a classic example of this tendency. Over many years he stubbornly tried to cover himself using political spins and his ideas of universal democratization of his dirty financial swindles. Now, it seems that he simply got satisfaction from his activity. Today, the criminal oligarch Ablyasov is playing his game on the international arena not simply as “political émigré from Kazakhstan”. He feels that he is “a savior of democracy” in all CIS countries. Or does he simply perceive himself as a provincial billionaire, who has influence on the political situation in different republics and has the possibility to put them up against each other.
Such is built the Ablyazov house of cards…
Apparently, it is quite convenient for the European community and its judicial and law enforcement bodies to obstinately turn a blind eye to the crimes committed by such a financial-political swindler as Ablyazov, who actively spreads the extremist and subversive ideology throughout the territories of post-Soviet republics.