Kazakhstan’s ruling family is preparing for a merger, as a grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev gets ready to tie the knot with the daughter of an energy baron.
Aysultan Nazarbayev, the youngest son of the president’s eldest daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, is planning to wed his fiancée, identified by Forbes Kazakhstan as 20-year-old Alima Boranbayeva, an art student in London. She is the daughter of Kayrat Boranbayev, who heads the KazRosGas energy venture.
The groom’s family has not confirmed the bride’s identity or the wedding date. But on May 20, Dariga Nazarbayeva said that wedding preparations were afoot and would be carried out “quickly and well.” The nuptials – which will almost certainly be a private affair – are expected to take place this summer.
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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.