Tuesday, 06 February 2007

TWO MISSING KAZAKH BANKERS HAVE BEEN ABDUCTED – WIVES

Published in News Digest
Rate this item
(0 votes)

By empty (2/6/2007 issue of the CACI Analyst)

Two former senior executives of Nurbank, one of Kazakhstan\'s largest banks, have gone missing and are presumed kidnapped, the men\'s wives said Monday. In an open letter to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Armangul Kapasheva, the wife of Nurbank ex-deputy chairman Zholdas Timraliyev, said he had gone missing Jan. 31 after being summoned to a meeting with deputy foreign minister Rakhat Aliyev.
Two former senior executives of Nurbank, one of Kazakhstan\'s largest banks, have gone missing and are presumed kidnapped, the men\'s wives said Monday. In an open letter to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Armangul Kapasheva, the wife of Nurbank ex-deputy chairman Zholdas Timraliyev, said he had gone missing Jan. 31 after being summoned to a meeting with deputy foreign minister Rakhat Aliyev. She also accused Aliyev of having temporarily abducted her husband on a separate occasion two weeks earlier, when he allegedly threatened to shoot Timraliyev unless he called the owner of a major business center in downtown Almaty, demanding he hand over the business to Aliyev. Timraliyev was later detained in a fitness center and held overnight, handcuffed to an exercise machine, his wife said. Aliyev was unavailable for comment through the foreign ministry all Monday. A spokesman for the ministry said he was aware of the allegations, but couldn\'t comment. Six companies, including Almaty\'s leading cable channel Alma-TV and two sugar plants, hold stakes between 8.6% and 9.4% each in the bank. Mukhtar Aliyev, whose son is married to Nazarbayev\'s eldest daughter Dariga, holds 6.73% of the bank\'s shares, according to data on the Kazakh stock exchange Web site. Nurali Aliyev, Nazarbayev\'s 22 year old grandson, was appointed to the board of directors two weeks ago, following the resignations of Timraliyev and Gilimov. The two men\'s wives said that financial police had subsequently ransacked their homes in search of documents. Kapasheva also said that Almaty police had refused to accept her report of her husband\'s disappearance. Almaty police said Monday they have been looking for Timraliyev but hadn\'t started searching for Gilimov yet, as he hadn\'t been reported missing. Nurbank, Kazakhstan\'s seventh-largest by assets, had made its debut on the international capital markets last year, issuing a $150 million five-year Eurobond. (Dow Jones NewsWires)
Read 2347 times

Visit also

silkroad

AFPC

isdp

turkeyanalyst

Joint Center Publications

Silk Road Paper Svante E. Cornell and S. Frederick Starr, Modernization and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: A New Spring, November 2018.

Book S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell, ed., Uzbekistan’s New Face, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Article Svante E. Cornell, “Turkish-Saudi Rivalry: Behind the Khashoggi Affair,” The American Interest, November 6, 2018.

Article Mamuka Tsereteli, “Landmark Caspian Deal Could Pave Way for Long-Stalled Energy Projects,” World Politics Review, September 2018.

Article Halil Karaveli, “The Myth of Erdoğan’s Power,” Foreign Affairs, August 2018.

Book Halil Karaveli, Why Turkey is Authoritarian, London: Pluto Press, 2018.

Article Svante E. Cornell, “Erbakan, Kısakürek and the Mainstreaming of Extremism in Turkey,” Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, June 2018.

Article S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell, “Uzbekistan: A New Model for Reform in the Muslim World,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, May 12, 2018.

Silk Road Paper Svante E. Cornell, Religion and the Secular State in Kazakhstan, April 2018.

Book S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell, The Long Game on the Silk Road: US and EU Strategy for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Article Svante E. Cornell, “Central Asia: Where Did Islamic Radicalization Go?,” Religion, Conflict and Stability in the Former Soviet Union, eds Katya Migacheva and Bryan Frederick, Arlington, VA: RAND Corporation, 2018.

 

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a biweekly publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center affiliated with the American Foreign Policy Council, Washington DC., and the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. For 15 years, the Analyst has brought cutting edge analysis of the region geared toward a practitioner audience.

Newsletter

Sign up for upcoming events, latest news and articles from the CACI Analyst

Newsletter