Wednesday, 22 April 2009, 11:43
C O N F I D E N T I A LASTANA 000677
STATE FOR SCA/CEN
PGOV, PREL, SOCI, KCRM, KZ
SUBJECT:KAZAKHSTAN: GOVERNMENT'S ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
--SWEEPING EFFORT OR SELECTIVE TARGETING?
REF: A. 08ASTANA 0680 B. 08 ASTANA 1309
Classified By: AmbassadorRichard E. Hoagland, 1.4 (b) and (d)
. The Americans assess a Kazakh move to prosecute several high-ranking officials,including government ministers, for corruption-related crimes. Key passageshighlighted in yellow.
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1. (C) SUMMARY: The Kazakhstani authorities recentlylaunched a well-publicized anti-corruption campaignthat has resulted in the arrest of several high-rankingindividuals, including the Minister of Environment anda Deputy Minister of Defense, and in convictions of anumber of others. The campaign appears to have the fullsupport of President Nazarbayev, who has repeatedlycalled on the government and the ruling Nur Otan partyto battle this "most serious evil." Political analystsand civil society leaders remain skeptical, however,that the government's clean-up efforts will bringpermanent results. Most see the campaign simply asevidence of a power struggle among elite groups withinthe Kazakhstani government and doubt that any of the"biggest fish" will be affected. END SUMMARY.GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN2. (SBU) The Kazakhstani authorities recently launcheda well-publicized anti-corruption campaign that seems