Where is Nazarbayev hiding?

Media reports that at the beginning of the new year, the former Kazakh leader said goodbye to his native village and his sick brother, and then hastily left the country.

I reported about his visit to the village of Shamalgan in the Almaty region on January 2-3 and about his departure yesterday, with reference to Moskovsky Komsomolets, lenta.ru. The publication informs that then Nursultan Nazarbayev flew to the United Arab Emirates via Kyrgyzstan. The interviewee says:

“Nazarbayev came here after the New Year, visited his sick brother Bolat. As far as I know, then Nazarbayev and some members of his family drove away in armored vehicles towards the Kyrgyz border. They were met there. They were taken to the airport, from where they all flew to the United Arab Emirates.”

Assistance to the ex-president of Kazakhstan, presumably, could be provided by Sadyr Zhaparov, the president of Kyrgyzstan. As they say, “debt pays red” – in 2010, during the revolution in the neighboring republic, Nazarbayev took the ex-head of the country Kurmanbek Bakiyev out of it.

An indirect confirmation of Nazarbayev’s stay in the UAE is the presence of his relatives there. The youngest daughter Alia posted a post on Instagram, but then deleted her accounts from social networks. Instagram has determined that she is in the UAE.

Our publication reported earlier that the ex-president took his daughters with their families and left country. Leaving the politics of former President Nazarbayev is one of the main demands of protesters in Kazakhstan. Nazarbayev served as president of Kazakhstan for almost 30 years and left in March 2019. After that, he became the head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan for life and chairman of the ruling Nur Otan party, and the capital of the republic, Astana, was renamed in his honor – it was named Nur-Sultan. However, authorities in early January denied Nazarbayev’s departure.

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