Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network – The Diplomat


An investigation of a top manager in Kazakhstan’s gas transport company unveiled his rise to prominence and his unofficial business network, further evidence that connection with the family of the ex-president is still the most direct way to success in the Central Asian country.

Kairat Sharipbayev is rumored to be the husband of Dariga Nazarbayeva, the eldest daughter of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. A video of their unofficial wedding celebration was posted online last year.

Officially, Sharipbayev’s only occupation is the general directorship of KazTransGas, a gas transport company previously under the umbrella of the state oil and gas company Kazmunaigas. In March 2021, the company was splintered off Kazmunaigas, but remained under the holding of Samruk-Kazyna, the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

Informally, however, an investigation by RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service, known locally as Radio Azattyq, tied Sharipbayev’s name to…

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