The Foundation for Corrupt Kazakh Campaigners

They claim to stand with ordinary Kazakhs in the struggle against endemic corruption in their homeland.

But while Bulat Abilov, Akezhan Kazhegeldin, Mukhtar Ablyazov, Bergei Ryskaliyev, Serikzhan Mambetalin and Ilyas Khrapunov wax lyrical about the virtues of honesty and integrity in politics, they have failed to practise what they preach.

They have countless criminal convictions between them, enjoy lavish lifestyles in luxury properties and stash their cash in secret offshore companies.

Together, they are the “Foundation for Corrupt Kazakh Anti-Kleptocracy Campaigners”.

These campaigners are currently targeting members of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s family including Dariga Nazarbayeva and Timur Kulibayev.

They claim to be doing this on behalf of Kazakh citizens and the current President but this campaign is nothing more than extortion masquerading as social justice.

The Corrupt Campaigners

Akezhan Kazhegeldin

Illicit wealth (USD): 8.9 million in bribes in the form of cash, property, benefits, real estate and imported cars

Property Value (USD): 10.8 million including six luxury UK properties and two homes in Belgium

Offshore companies: At least 16 offshore companies and trusts based in the British Virgin Islands, Liechtenstein and Switzerland

Law enforcement: Sentenced to 10 years in absentia by Supreme Court of Kazakhstan for corruption crimes including extortion

Mukhtar Ablyazov

Illicit wealth (USD): 6 billion embezzled from BTA Bank while chairman

Property Value (USD): 42 million worth of property in the UK including several luxury mansions in London. All have been recovered

Offshore companies: Number unknown but suspected to be in the hundreds. Used to launder billions of dollars embezzled from BTA Bank

Law enforcement: Life sentence in Kazakhstan for murder. 20 years in Kazakhstan for embezzlement. 15 years in Russia for embezzlement. 22 months in UK for contempt of court

Bergei Ryskaliyev

Illicit wealth (USD): 168 million embezzled with mayor of Atyrau in Kazakhstan

Property Value (USD): At least 4 million in luxury UK property including a London apartment and a countryside mansion

Law enforcement: Fled Kazakhstan to England in 2013. Remains on wanted list in Kazakhstan. Sentenced to 17 years in prison in absentia for embezzlement, appropriation of state property and the creation of a criminal gang

Bulat Abilov

Illicit wealth (USD): Estimated to be in the millions amid allegations that he failed to pay dividends to shareholders in his investment fund and kept the money for himself

Offshore companies: At least four in Singapore and Hong Kong linked to his solar energy business empire

Law enforcement: Sentenced to 1.5 years of probation in July 2004 for slander. Investigated for significant financial fraud and tax evasion totalling USD 3.5 million. Two-and-a-half years suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer

Serikzhan Mambetalin

Property Value (USD): Linked to a 2.5 million apartment in in north London between 2012 and 2016

Offshore companies: Mambetalin and his wife Sholpan co-owned Hallworth Properties Limited, a British Virgin Islands company operated between 2005 and 2010

Law enforcement: Jailed in absentia in Kazakhstan for two years in January 2016 for inciting “social hatred” by posting anti-government messages on Facebook

Ilyas Khrapunov

Illicit wealth (USD): Khrapunov was accused of embezzling at least 300 million in assisting Mukhtar Ablyazov

Property Value (USD): Owned at least three apartments in New York worth 3.1 million

Law enforcement: Handed a USD 500 million fine in absentia by the English High Court for damages and for aiding Mukhtar Ablyazov embezzled funds from BTA Bank