Kazakhstan: Lots of Muck to Go Around

At the center of the controversy between the Kazakh government and the US Congress: Rakhat Aliyev. (Photo: OSCE/Mikhail Evstafiev)

Rakhat Aliyev, the scandal-prone former son-in-law of Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has stirred up trouble in his homeland and in Europe. Now, he’s tried to make waves in Washington. But he’s found that a spin war in the United States can quickly turn into a quagmire.

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Joshua Kucera is a Washington, DC,-based freelance writer who specializes in security issues in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East. He is the author of EurasiaNet's Bug Pit blog.

Kazakhstan: Lots of Muck to Go Around

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